Since August of last year, the BOC has been discussing the idea of extending the tax debt of the North Bay Urban Renewal Area, which is under the authority of the Coos County Urban Renewal Agency. The unelected officials on the Port of Coos Bay receive funding to manage that agency, and they are desperately trying to keep the drain open on their slush fund. The plan was set to expire this year, so the money from property taxes going to the UR agency would then flow back into the ten other overlapping taxing districts.
The taxpayers are the ones responsible for paying back the urban renewal debt, so many people who attended the county’s public meetings requested to have this issue put on the ballot for the voters to decide.
Two of the commissioners, Cribbins and Sweet have refused these public requests, and they make up the majority of the Board.
However, the people have the power of the petition. We the people can file a referendum on their decision and VETO their vote.
When the Board votes to enact the ordinance The Committee to Shut Down the CCURA will file to rescind that law, and the campaign will need volunteers to circulate petitions and gather signatures.
Volunteers can contact the campaign by sending an email with your contact information to CoosCountyWatchdog@gmail.com.
Two of the commissioners are up for reelection, Cribbins, and Sweet, so they are going to have to explain to the voters their decision to extend the UR debt for two more decades.
For more information: http://www.cooscountywatchdog.com/shut-down-the-coos-county-urban-renewal-agency.html
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