I just attended the first Town Hall that was scheduled by the Coos County Board of Commissioner to discuss The Community Enhancement Plan and Commissioners Cribbon's and Sweet's desire for the county becoming the fourth member of the South Coast Community Foundation. The SCCF is a taxing scheme developed to continue to siphon money from the state's State School Sharing Fund or the equalization program and funnel that money to huge private and public development projects.
I had high praise for the way Commissioner Mellissa Cribbons conducted the county meeting on April 1, 2014, but the town hall in Bandon on the 9th was a sham.
The commissioners had everyone break up into five different groups to answer five questions that were designed to return a predetermined answer that would always favor the project.
There was over a dozen employees from Knife River Construction in attendance, if one was to go by the count of company vehicles that were in the parking lot. They have every right to attend, but their numbers makes the appearance dubious and casts a cloud of suspicion on the entire project. I think most of the rank and file employees are damn decent people who have the best of intentions. Lets hope the company is not using them in the same fashion that Oregon Resource Co. used their employees to manipulate the commissioners vote on the ORC contract. These people are the salt of the earth and do not deserve deception.
In contrast, there was less than 10 people from the city of Bandon in attendance, and that was due to such a very short notification period for the meeting. It is evident that the tactic was intentional, so Sweet and Cribbons could say they had input from the people, when most of the people in Bandon had not a clue that this meeting was occurring.
Nobody from the Bandon City Council was in attendance, which was a huge disappointment.
Then, to the insult of eveiry taxpayer in the county, nobody from the Bandon School Board attended the meeting, which was all about getting more money to the county's dilapidated school districts. And they want our support, what a joke. It also demonstrates how the school board is going to treat the staff and teachers of their district, if the schools were to get this money under the SCCF plan. No Respect, to teachers, school staff, and most of all, us the taxpayers......The BOC has to Vote NO to the CEP and the SCCF or they better "Put it on the Ballot."
Commissioner Sweet and Cribbons are going to push the CEP and the SCCF and the voters better be prepared to stop the creation of another political slush fund. It is the definition of crony capitalism, or more aptly put, economic fascism.....Rob T.
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