Woodburn did not sweeten the pot for Amazon
As the current City Council president in the city of Woodburn, I am no stranger to the legal battles fought by the city to expand its urban growth boundary so we could attract living-wage jobs.
I was first elected to the City Council in 2014 and served through years of litigation as the city maneuvered its way through Oregon's complicated land-use system. I watched as Woodburn continued to support its dream without ever giving up. I met with, and now know, some of the community activists who initially took the city to court.
Incredibly, after years of struggle, everything was resolved when the city emerged from a successful mediation with 1000 Friends of Oregon, Marion County and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. As a result of the settlement of our case, Woodburn brought 619 gross acres into its expanded urban growth boundary.
Unfortunately, there has been some recent misinformation about alleged tax breaks and fee waivers that the city of Woodburn extended to Amazon. I can assure that this is without any factual basis.
Just as the city fought for its urban growth boundary expansion and persevered, when Amazon chose Woodburn to build a fulfillment center, its City Council chose not to offer any tax incentives or fee waivers.
We are all proud of the way that the city acquired this wholesome and responsible corporate facility while, at the same time, maintaining the full integrity of our existing tax base.
I hope this clarifies what actually happened.
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