EOTEC news: Looks like the county commissioners have decided to back the $1.5 million loan to EOTEC. Strangely, Commissioner Murdock was absent for the vote, making an appearance once the issue was decided. Apparently, commissioners Givens and Elfering have no qualms about putting the entire county at risk for a project that for the most part benefits only Hermiston, whose monetary contributions minus grants and donations are more than likely less than the county’s although this business venture is supposed to be a 50-50 partnership.

It’s pretty clear that anytime a government agency tries to run a business the results are less than stellar, which means that until EOTEC begins to turn a profit, if ever, the county taxpayers will be stuck with paying the bills while the city of Hermiston reaps the benefits. This may be a win-win proposition for the city of Hermiston, but it’s a loser for the rest of the county. Remember, EOTEC is the county which means they appear to be the borrower of that $1.5 million in addition to the $600,000 they recently pledged to the project.

Greg Walden said on his visit to Eastern Oregon, “We need to get back to the point where people feel like the government listens to them, and they’re getting a fair shake.” I think the Umatilla County commissioners should forget about personal agendas and represent the entire county.

Rick Rohde


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