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