Yesterday, the Coos Bay Downtown Association facilitated in the marketing campaign to turn millions of dollars in property taxes over to a few self-appointed overlords. The organization forwarded an email from BS Oregon signed by Brooke Walton to their mailing list. The email highlights the “community enhancement plan” which includes “waterfront revitalization” and entails giving the CEO of the Int’l Port of Coos Bay, the city managers of North Bend and Coos Bay and a county commissioner carte blanche to do whatever they want without public scrutiny. The plan also requires handing a $750 billion tax break to a foreign company, in this case Veresen, Inc., owner of the Jordan Cove LNG project. Put another way, this plan allows a handful of schemers to gamble with public money and deprive the taxing districts of badly needed funding. Notice the use of the term “Our community” below-
Our community has submitted a proposal to Veresen – the owner of the Jordan Cove Energy Project – that would have the company pay a community service fee totaling nearly $500 million dollars to our region over 19 years.
Specifics of the proposal include allocating funds to:
• Increase funding for public safety and emergency response in addition to the proposed Southwest Regional Safety Center
• Funding for the County to help with priorities like expanding health care and nutritional programs for pregnant women, infants, and children
• South Coast Community Foundation for things like education program improvements and class size reduction
• Southwestern Oregon Community College will receive funds to distribute in the form of grants and scholarships
• Bayfront Waterfront Revitalization and economic development that helps attract tourists and new businesses and jobs
• Expanding commerce and attracting more businesses by improving the waterfront development and the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport
Together with the Jordan Cove Energy Project, this proposal will boost our economy and help our community thrive.
“Our community”. Really? How many of you were consulted? Did you get a chance to vote? The proposal claims to bring in “$500 million dollars to our region over 19 years.” However, without the proposal the number would be more than double it just wouldn’t be controlled by the local power brokers. Will be posting much more on this over the next few days as I gather some more information, like who is funding BS Oregon?
Please contact your elected city and county officials and tell them to slow down and let the public weigh in on this scheme.