DO YOU LIVE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY? MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD NOW
The Washington County Commission and Hillsboro City Council are considering the new 30 Year Intel Investment Proposal and are taking comments up through Tuesday, August 26th.
This is a BIG DEAL and more time is needed to review the proposal.
Attend the hearing on August 26 and testify
Washington Co. Admin Building, Hillsboro – 6:30
Sign –up: You will only get 2 minutes to testify.
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Contact the Washington County Commission and the Hillsboro City Council ASAP
Washington County Board of Commissioners: e-mail Board of Commissioners (Andy Duyck – Chair)
Hillsboro City Council – City Manager
More on the Proposal
Background: It is great that Intel is considering making a 30-year multi-billion dollar commitment to stay in Washington County.
Our Concern: The deal is too quick and could be improved. Intel is getting a lot and perhaps we are giving away more than we should
What to ask:
We need more time to consider and improve the agreement…and negotiations should include the ESD and Community College representatives.
Slow down the process and allow an additional 30 days for review and comment from interested parties. Here are things to ask for.
- The Community Service Fee that Intel now pays has a cap, but this cap should be removed or adjusted for inflation.
- The annual charitable giving requirement should be reevaluated. The current $100,000 for 6-years should be reevaluated and probably increased.
- Make the deal contingent on a renewed Title V DEQ Air Quality permit that provides for more monitoring and protection of public health..the past record shows that DEQ has allowed excess emissions that endanger public health.
- Adjust all estimates in the agreement to account for inflation…e.g. the $100 million. property tax base should probably be $175 million.
But mostly…allow additional time for full consideration and allow other stakeholders to be heard. Adding 30-days before inking a 30-year agreement is not asking too much.
WE WANT INTELTO STAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. WE VALUE THEIR STIMULUS TO OUR EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC HEALTH.
BUT we also want to make sure we have an agreement that is well thought out.