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Deadline set on Cob tax offer
January 27, 2005 by ANGELA TORRETTA
Peoples Energy is pressing for a decision from
local leaders on its request for a property tax
break for the power plant it wants to build near
Copies of the letter were distributed Wednesday
during a public meeting at the Lorella Community
Hall, where local residents expressed their
ongoing concerns about the impact the power plant
will have in Langell Valley.
"My margins are that thin," he said.
Both the commissioners and the city council would
have to approve changes to the enterprise zone
boundary. The Board of Commissioners will hold a
public hearing on the matter at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
He left the meeting after Commissioner Bill Brown
said he didn't have a plan for how money would be
disbursed, and was followed by three other men.
All three commissioners attended, but the meeting
was led by Brown, Turner and Langell Valley
resident Walt Smith.
Turner told audience members that the company
considered making a payment directly to Bonanza
Schools, but said he was concerned that choosing
one place to give money to would cause a rift in
Karen Palmquist, who owns a small ranch in the
Langell Valley and was attending the meeting with
friends, said she thought the county was reaping
the benefits of the valley's resources.
Even if officials agree to the enterprise zone,
it's not guaranteed the plant will be built.
The proposed 1,150- to 1,160-megawatt natural
gas-fired plant has been especially controversial
among Langell Valley residents, who say plant
developers are getting unfair access to water.
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