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May 16, 2014
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Letter: Douglas County commissioner’s choices will affect all of us

Who’s the real Tim Freeman?

Freeman writes: “Having a strong local economy has to be the top priority if we want healthy communities, stable jobs and quality schools.” So that businesses can prosper and create jobs, he says he fought regulations, voted against taxes, supported tax incentives. Well-known folks indicate he’s a great listener, wants our input and is the best choice for Douglas County commissioner.

But what’s this? As a Roseburg city councilor, Tim Freeman led the charge to put us $15 million in debt by voting to issue Urban Renewal Agency bonds and bonded debt backed by the URA, for the Roseburg Public Safety Center? This was done without our approval? Yep. Check out the creative government work done to get that building financed. It’s in Roseburg’s Annual Financial Report, starting on page 43. It changes the flavor of what Freeman might do as commissioner.

Now, the old downtown fire station absolutely needed to be replaced. But was spending $15 million necessary? Of course not. A far less opulent building would have been fine. Was that the best use of our tax money? Should we have been asked? That’s for you to decide, and something you should definitely consider before voting for county commissioner.

Freeman says as a local business owner, he’s come to believe government can’t create jobs, because hitting businesses with “unbelievable taxes and fees” isn’t healthy or sustainable. Does he understand that sometimes spending a dollar for a smart new traffic signal that saves us all time and gas is preferable to paying an extra dollar a gallon for gas sold by him? Is he planning on running the county like he does his business or did the city? Who owns Tim Freeman these days, anyway? Who is he, really?

Steve Tuchscherer

Roseburg


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