This topic will be the subject of a much longer upcoming post but to summarize yesterday’s work session regarding the twenty year tax abatement for Jordan Cove, there were few answers to many questions. Port CEO David Koch attended and was clearly unprepared to answer questions relating to the many aspects of the so called community enhancement plan. A few things of note:
- Koch claims he and port commission chairman David Kronsteiner presented the plan to Governor Kitzhaber and that the response was favorable.
- Koch also claims that Jordan Cove will be paying the same amount in community service fees over the life of the abatement that they would be paying if they just paid taxes, (not according to their numbers), which if true begs the question why do this at all?
- The record of decision on the Jordan Cove project is still two years out so what is the big rush to implement this now?
It is hard to view this plan as anything other than an attempt to privatize government. The meeting was recorded by PEG and the video will be well worth watching when it is available.