Voting for Salem’s Mode Shift alternative transportation participatory budgeting initiative is open now through noon on Friday, November 30, 2018. Salem residents are invited to visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShiftSalem to vote on their favorites among the eleven ideas submitted by Salem residents – all ideas that could help reduce traffic congestion, improve bicycle and pedestrian access and safety, and encourage alternative modes of transit.
Salem residents are invited to vote by ranking their choices, with a first-choice idea as #1, a second-choice idea as #2, and so forth. For this participatory budgeting effort, the City is using “ranked choice” voting. If no idea gets a majority of support after the voting closes, the lowest ranked choice will be eliminated from consideration and those who picked it as #1 will have their votes assigned to their #2 choice. This continues until at least one idea has a majority support.
Salem has $30,000 in state funds to award to the winning ideas and implement them. Because all of the ideas have varying budget levels and requirements, it is possible that more than one idea might be funded. It all depends on which ideas are the top vote-getters. If the idea with a majority of support does not cost the full $30,000 to implement, the next top idea(s) on down will be awarded funding, until all of the available funds are used.