The Times-Tribune

Unfavorabl­e pact

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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.
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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