Has Coos County municipalities been barking up the wrong trees. County Commissioners’ sign a letter to Oregon State Governor, prosperity for our County citizens, and the state school fund, it is the Elliott State Forest trees where the barking is to take place.
However, the municipalities have been barking up the tourist tree, focusing Urban Renewal dollars to enhance local businesses, taking from all the citizens in the county, giving to business who focus on tourist revenue.
The letter, “Tourism will not allow us to climb out of poverty or cure social ills” ie. unemployment, our superior ranking for child poverty, domestic abuse, and children enrollment in free and reduced cost meal programs.
Employment in Tourism, employee in poverty. Employment in wood products manufacturing, a middle class job, and hope for curing the Counties social ills.
If this is the commissioners real view, then why have they supported the LNG, dollars in Lieu of taxes to be used to promote and enhance goals and infrastructure directed toward the problem, drawing tourist to our County, encouraging employed poverty. When, all that money could be focused toward the Elliott forest, and other forest production, putting our citizens to work in the middle class jobs, and funding the schools to the benefit of all?
The Coos Bay Wagon Road, the O&C lands, also, just waiting to be barked at.
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