The Cherriots Board of Directors has the authority to make policy and administration decisions. Each board member represents one of seven subdistricts, and their primary responsibility is one of stewardship and trusteeship. The Board establishes priorities, evaluates the performance of the transit system, and approves budgets. The Board also works with community members to improve bus service and address transit-related issues. Board members serve Cherriots in unpaid positions. For correspondence to the full Board, email email@example.com.
Since the District’s inception, local voters have elected Board members. With recent changes in Oregon law, enacted by Senate Bill 1536, seats on the board will become governor-appointed positions. Starting in July 2019, the governor will have the authority to appoint, or discharge, Board members. Board members will still be required to live in the subdistrict they represent and will continue to serve in unpaid positions.
SB 1536 also repealed a section of state law, ORS 267.302, that prevented the Board from imposing taxes on local business payrolls without first holding an election. Previously, the Board was required to seek voter approval for all tax increases. But this change won’t happen immediately: the Board’s ability to raise taxes administratively doesn’t take effect until January 2026.