The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held a special session Jan. 18, for the second readings of two proposed ballot measures for the April election. The city is proposing a 1% general revenue sales tax increase, as well as a bond issue to fund EPA-mandated sewer improvements.

The floor was opened for public comment at 5:30 p.m. by Mayor Greg Parker. Attendance of the meeting was slightly better than the previous hearing, however no Salem resident spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting. Those that did take the floor were locals but live outside the city limits. Since county residents will also be paying the potential sales tax increase when they shop in Salem, their opinions were heard.