Un­fa­vor­able pact

The Times-Tribune - - World -

Edi­tor: On two ar­ti­cles pub­lished in the Dec. 11 Sun­day Times con­cern­ing the host agree­ment com­par­i­son re­gard­ing the Lack­awanna En­ergy Cen­ter in Jes­sup:

First, the Lack­awanna En­ergy Cen­ter host agree­ment was not vol­un­tary; it was part of the con­di­tional use per­mit.

Sec­ond, I am tired of hear­ing that In­ven­ergy’s agree­ments with Jes­sup and the com­pany’s ac­cord with Bur­ril­lville, Rhode Is­land — the site of an­other power plant — are like ap­ples and or­anges. Whether the pay­ment comes from a host agree­ment, taxes or a pi­lot pro­gram it still is money go­ing into the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Power com­pa­nies pur­sue towns like Bur­ril­lville even

though they know their tax struc­ture. They know they can ei­ther op­er­ate un­der the tax struc­ture at a profit or ne­go­ti­ate tax re­quire­ments.

No mat­ter what fruit you call it, Bur­ril­lville, over a 20-year span, will re­ceive from $91.9 mil­lion to $182.3 mil­lion, whereas Jes­sup needs to wait 45 years for to­tal pay­ments of less than $86.2 mil­lion. RELLA SCASSELLAT­I JES­SUP

TIMES-TRI­BUNE FILE

Con­struc­tion of the Lack­awanna En­ergy Cen­ter gas power plant in Jes­sup is un­der­way, with crit­ics claim­ing that the project short­changes the com­mu­nity.

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