Watch out, Salem (Oregon) voters. Five City Council candidates want you to fork out hundreds of dollars more a year to pay for an vastly expensive unneeded Third Bridge across the Willamette River.
As pointed out by the Salem Breakfast on Bikes blog, an advocate for smart cost-effective urban design, these tax and spend candidates are advocates for the $400 million bridge that would do nothing to ease congestion, while displacing dozens of homes and businesses.
Sherrone Blasi, Ward 2
Steve McCoid, Ward 4
Daniel Benjamin, Ward 6
Jim Lewis, Ward 8
Christopher Proudfoot, Ward 8
Fortunately, there are four candidates who care about both the green cash in your wallet and keeping Salem's precious riverfront green and beautiful -- rather than being uglified by a freeway'ish bridge that would channel its traffic close by Wallace Marine Park and decimate natural areas.
Scott Bassett, Ward 4
Tom Andersen, Ward 2
Bradd Swank, Ward 2
Xue Lor, Ward 6
Tax and spend. A good thing when the spending and taxes are necessary. A bad thing when special interests lobby for wasteful government largesse that doesn't help the general local economy.
Salemians, when it comes time to vote in the May primary election, remember this:
Bassett, Andersen, Swank, and Lor are the City Council candidates who care about your pocketbook. They understand that $400 million is a lot of money. They want taxpayers to keep that money and decide on their own how it is spent, not government bureaucrats.