Klamath County Commissioners voted in favor of a ‘Strategic Investment Program’ Tuesday morning.
Instead of paying property taxes, developers will pay the county ‘Community Service Fees’ totaling more than 20 million dollars over a 15 year period.
“Overall, the developer pays much less in taxes.” Explains Commissioner Derrick DeGroot. “But the community actually benefits greater. And that’s the way we’ve structured their program.”
The Swan Lake hydro project would serve as a huge storage battery, moving water between two reservoirs to release electrical power during times of peak usage.
Rye Development hopes to begin construction on the project in December of 2021, with completion in late 2025.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.