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Local business owners speak in favor of Cob,
January 26, 2005
Several business owners appeared before Klamath
County commissioners Tuesday to urge them to grant
an extension of an enterprise zone that would give
tax breaks to a proposed power plant.
"All we have to do is say yes to get the benefits,"
Cob developer Peoples Energy is seeking a change in
the Klamath Falls Enterprise Zone boundary to
include the power plant site, making it eligible for
property tax relief.
a county commissioner meeting last week, Peoples
Energy representative Paul Turner proposed a new
deal that would have the company paying half of the
assessed tax value.
The company also proposed paying $300,000 a year to
Klamath County Economic Development to be used for a
rotating loan fund for new and expanding local
Kirth Glick, who serves on the county's budget
committee, said the county needs the money the plant
Klamath County School District board member Gary
Weldon said the plant would bring much needed
revenue into the school system.
Shilo Inn owner Lowell Pratt, Waste Management
District Manager Chris Carey and W&H Pacific
employee Travis Foster all said their businesses
would see an increase if the Cob plant were to be
Cob opponents attended the meeting.
Switzer also reacted to criticism that commissioners
don't allow enough opportunity for public comment
Commissioners will have a public hearing to discuss
the proposed enterprise zone Tuesday 10 a.m. at the
The meeting will be televised live on cable channel 3 in Klamath Falls, and will be rebroadcast today at 7 p.m.
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