East Salem Sewage & Drainage District was formed in 1965 by a vote of the people to provide sewer service to residents east of Salem with construction done in 1966. Approximate boundaries were from I-5 east to Cordon Road (Urban Growth Boundary), north Hayesville, south to Macleay Road. Funding for construction of the sewer system was by the sale of 30 year general operating bonds and HUD grant of $1.5 million. ESSD serves approximately 7500 residential, commercial and industrial accounts billed bi-monthly by the City of Salem who maintains the sewer lines and treatment plant at Willowlake; delinquent accounts are collected by the district. Lighting districts were added in 1971 to provide neighborhood street lights installed and maintained by PGE. In 1976 bus service was provided to the East Salem and Keizer Service Districts (KSD was dissolved when City of Keizer incorporated in 1983.) In 1976, with the addition of these services, the name of the district was changed to ESSD. The districts meet with the Marion County Board of Commissioners as the governing body of the districts. Each district has an advisory committee made up of residents from that district to advise the district and governing body of issues concerning the district and to serve on the budget committee.