WEST COAST COMMUNITIES FACE
July 19, 2003
This story is focused on the town where I live,
but it is likely happening in the town where you
live as well. It's already happened in Klamath
Salem, OR -- Last month the Salem City Council
increased the water and sewer rates to fund a
multi-million dollar construction project to protect
salmon listed as endangered. The decision increased
water rates on food processors and high technology
factories that make silicon wafers. For all
practical purposes the wafer plant is gone, and the
agricultural products processed by the food
processing industry are at serious risk.
The Twin Towers in New York were destroyed by
Terrorists. Communities along the West Coast of the
United States are being systematically destroyed by
sabotage. The weapon of choice: The Endangered
The Salmon-bearing streams are located throughout
the Willamette Valley (see map.) and no farm land is
exempt from this court order. The following map
identifies all salmon-bearing streams in the
Willamette River drainage basin.
order will seriously impact Salem's economy. The
water and sewer rate plan for the City of Salem is
based on a consumption tax. The processing plants
pay millions for the water because they consume tons
of water identified to pay a significant share of
the annual debt service to finance a $300 million
bond. When they stop consuming because there are no
longer crops to grow, then what?
How did Salem get here? According to Attorney J.
Buchal who wrote The Great Salmon Hoax, and
other scientists who wrote The Northern Spotted
Owl by Benjamin B. Stout and The Smart Growth
Fraud by Dr. Michael Coffman we see a pattern of
deceit and fraud on scale never before imagined from
those we hire to manage and run our government.
Where is the political oversight?
Why did former Mayor Swaim and his Council fail to
submit the $300 million bond measure to the voters
of Salem? How did the Salem City Council implement a
Consumption Tax on water and sewer without a vote?
Why does the Salem City Council continue to promote
more environmental regulations? If the large revenue
stream from high technology and the food processors
are lost, how much will the Consumption Tax need to
be increased to make up the difference?
So what needs to be done?
Local governments need to Declare an Emergency, stop
all environmentally related ordinances, and put a
hold on the bond and construction programs.
Marion County Board of Commissioners need to
determine the short and long term fiscal impacts of
this court decision on their ability to generate
revenue to operate government. The elected officials
need to develop a plan of action before this public
policy destroys the agricultural community in the
Willamette Valley, OR.
Local elected officials need to be diligent and
exercise their fiduciary responsibilities as
representatives of the people they represent.
Foreign and Special interest non-governmental
organizations are working hand in hand with Oregon's
Governor Ted Kulongoski to change our form of
governance, triggering non representative government
dictated by the needs of bugs rather than on the
needs of the citizens.
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