Our Klamath Basin
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advertised jobs and earnings grossly exaggerated submitted information posted to KBC
PLEASE come to the Klamath County Commissioners
office at 10
am on TUESDAY December 13th, 2005
and make pertinent 3 minute comments on the proposal
to the commissioners and
LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD.
They have stated they will vote on the
agreement at this time.
In a paid advertisement on page F6 of the
August 15, 2004 Herald and News titled "COB: The
Rest of the Story" the California Oregon Border
(COB) corporation made several declarative
a.) "COB will provide 30 permanent full time
jobs an increase of approximately $2,500,000 in
personal earnings in Klamath County".
COB is now guaranteeing 10 full time jobs by
the end of the third year the plant is in
operation. These jobs will average 150% of the
Klamath County average wage beginning by the fifth
year, but shall not be indexed to cost of living
increases. In order for these jobs to increase
Klamath County personal earnings by $2,500,000
their compensation would have to average well in
excess of $250,000 per year.
Why were the number of jobs and the personal
earnings grossly exaggerated?
b.) "Over the life of the project:
1. COB’s payroll will pump $222 million in
personal earnings into the Klamath County economy.
2.) The increased personal earnings will in
turn lead to increased spending of $181 million in
Now the only COB guarantee is to provide 10
above average jobs after three years and to invest
a minimum of $200 million.
How will those jobs and investments create the
more than $400 million impact promised for the
Klamath County economy?
COB has agreed to make reasonable, good faith
efforts to encourage the hiring of local residents
and to purchase supplies and building materials
from businesses headquartered in or with branch or
other sales facilities located in the City or
County. However, this now empty promise explicitly
excludes hiring or purchases by COB’s general
contractor or other third parties. What jobs will
COB fill by hiring locally and what purchases will
actually be made by COB in the City or County?
In their proposed resolution "In the matter of
sanctioning a long term property tax exemption and
the provisions of the COB/Klamath County written
agreement" the Board of County Commissioners
state: "Whereas, a public meeting was held in
Klamath Falls on December 13, 2005, to hear the
response of the citizenry to the conditions and
terms of the COB/Klamath County written agreement
and the long-term property tax exemption"… Why
were these resolutions and proposed agreements not
made available to the public prior to after the
close of the business week Friday December 9th?
Why were the proposed agreements and resolution
not made available to the media in a timely
fashion? Does the Commission actually believe that
one business day is adequate time for citizens to
formulate an appropriate response to the
conditions and terms of the written agreement?
The Klamath County Assessor has stated that
the COB plant would pay about $71 million in
property taxes in the first 15 years if People’s
Energy paid under the same tax structure ( with no
"deal" from the commissioners) that other
businesses and individuals pay on their property.
As it is written, the agreement the County
Commissioners will be voting on Tuesday morning,
would about halve the true amount that COB should
legally owe. Can the tax paying citizens and
businesses of Klamath County afford to give this
utility a tax break of this magnitude? What could
the county do with the additional $30 million that
should rightfully be paid to it for using its land
and natural resources? What is the value of the
county’s water, air, land, liveability and way of
life? Who will live with the excess carbon dioxide
that has been approved to be discharged into the
Basin by this plant- obviously it is the people of
the Basin, not People’s Energy or whatever
merchant utility may buy it. Should People’s
Energy (COB) be asked to pay for what they will
use of our natural resources and infrastructure in
the way of a full $71 million tax payment to the
county over 15 years?
PLEASE come to the Klamath County
Commissioners office at
10 am on TUESDAY December 13th,
2005 and make pertinent 3 minute
comments on the proposal to the commissioners and
VOICES BE HEARD. They have
stated they will vote on the agreement at this