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County to open Cob debate to public
Klamath County commissioners will hear public
comment at 10 a.m. Tuesday on a proposed enterprise
zone designation for a power plant that may be sited
in the Langell Valley.
Cob developers Peoples Energy of Chicago has asked
for a same-day decision from the commissioners on a
deal that would have the company make an annual
payment in lieu of taxes equaling 50 percent of
project's tax bill.
Cob spokesman Paul Turner gave a presentation to the
commissioners two weeks ago, offering to pay an
estimated $35 million over 15 years, plus a
contribution of $300,000 a year to the Klamath
County Economic Development Association for a
revolving loan fund.
During his presentation, Turner said the deal was an
"all-or-nothing" offer, and asked commissioners to
make a decision soon.
The proposed natural gas-fired plant would generate
about 1,150 megawatts of electricity, and would be
located about three miles southeast of Bonanza and
21 miles east of downtown Klamath Falls.
The meeting will be televised live on cable channel 3 in Klamath Falls, and will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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