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:11  r - October 24, 2012 VouR COMMUNITY Page 15 II Spence From page 14 His opponent, he said, owns 11 businesses. Nyquist said he doesn't own that many businesses, although looking at Secretary of State fil- ings will show multiple business names. His bowling center in Albany contains three businesses inside, including the bowling center, a sports bar and a coffeehouse, each of which has a qualified manager for day-today operations, Nyquist said. He hasn't been involved in day-to-day operations since 1994. "I do work full time, and fur- thermore, this is my passion," Ny- quist said. "I care deeply for the citizens of Linn County." Spence said he is interested in solutions more than anything. His father was a salmon fisherman. In the 1970s, he stopped fishing for political, environmental and eco- nomic reasons. People used to ask him if he liked fishing, Spence said. He al- ways told them, "No, I'm into catching." Like that, Spence said he is not into political posturing. He'd be running as a Republican if Ny- quist were a Democrat. He just wants problems solved. Until enemies are made into allies, problems won't be solved, he said. Klamath Falls is an ex- ample. It still has issues, but the trajectory is better with the wa- ter issue, for example. The tribes, ranchers, farmers and environmen- -talists have developed a plan that the governors and Congress are signing off. "That's how you solve for- est issues here," he said. "I really believe people higher up will re- spond positively to that. I want to see people working in .the woods. Any candidate is going to say jobs is our number-one focus. I don't disagree. Who would? But I'm in- terested in a plan." Spence noted that Oregon is taxed less than California and Washington, and there is no reason that Linn County couldn't tap into tax refugees from those states. Spence grew up in Northern California in a small logging town with agricultural and surfing com- ponerits, he said. "I basically grew up with loggers, farmers and hip- pies." Spence earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in U.S. history in 1996. He taught at Knox College in Illi- nois. Now, he works at QSU and the University, of Oregon part time as well as contracting for specific projects. He came to the Mid-Valley in 1999, then returned to Illinois for several years. He has lived in Al- bany for a couple of years. Spence has two thoughts about Sweet Home in particular, he said. First is that Sweet Home has been Linn County's sacrifice for 20 years regarding property val- ues and tax levies. No one has ever stepped up to correct the systemic problem with property revenues and property values. Second, the county's position on the former Western States Land Reliance Trust property, about 380 !1 Nyquist From page 14 One of the biggest challenges in Oregon and Linn County is one of the highest teenage unemploy- ment rates in the country, Nyquist said. The county has a program that helps small businesses pay wages, $2 per hour, for teens. His support for this came from conversations with farmers. He asked why the high school students weren't out working for them. They would tell him that $8 per hour is a lot to pay a student to teach a teen how to work. "I. said, how about $6," Ny- quist said. "I'm proud of these ef- forts. We've employed hundreds of youths and given them the op- portunity to acquire a work ethic." "I'm concerned about the budget," Nyquist said. "I'm con- cerned about those folks in Linn County that are just hanging on and opportunities for them to make a living?' "There's really two issues vot- ers are asking me about. One is the local economy, and the other is the proper role of government." At the local level, the county needs to assist small businesses, Nyquist said. He has the back- ground to help, receiving multiple calls a week from citizens for help dealing with "agency X,Y,Z." Sometimes, he just talks to them, and other times, he contacts state officials on their behalf, Ny- quist said. Most importantly, he contin- ues to work on reducing the time 'it takes to get projects permitted, he said. Permitting may take three to five years around the state. He wants to see that get down to 12 to 18 months, like more success- ful areas, Idaho and Utah, for ex- ample. He has worked with legisla- tors to extend the length of wet- lands permits from five years to 10 after a Lowe's project in Albany took so long for other permits that its wetlands permit expired. "I don't think it's govern- ment's job to create jobs," Nyquist said. The only jobs government creates are government jobs, and Linn County needs private jobs. The county needs to work on re- moving regulatory roadblocks and allowing market conditions condu- cive to creating jobs. The medical campus is an ex- ample of that, Nyquist said. "I enjoy what I'm doing," Ny- quist said. "I think that my values and outlook are consistent with the values and outlook Of the citizens of this county." 00sst Llnn Roofing, Ioo. 00Over 30 years experience | Free estimates Locally owned i" Tear-offs with no mess i. Hand nailed, architect & 3-tab shingles |. Snap-lock., Hi-rib metal & fiat roofs . All workmanship guaranteed acres that the county foreclosed for nonpayment of property taxes, must be singularly about devel- oping Sweet Home's plan for the property, Spence said: The county should be there to assist in any way it can. Sweet Home is the big loser with that property not being devel- oped, Spence said. "We're not go- ing develop this for you. We're not going to develop the plan. We'll help you. I think it would be of- fensive to develop a plan and say, 'Look what we gave you.'" Part of the property is current- ly proposed as a county park and the new site for the Oregon Jam- boree. For more information about Spence, visit his website at mark- spence2012.com. FIX THIS MESS PAID ADVERTISEMENT Stop Another Tax on Your Home STOP THE DOUBLE TAX ON YOUR HOHE Oregonians already pay property taxes to fund schools and local government. A new tax on the same property is nothing more than a double tax on your home. PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT Families are struggling and home loans are toughe r to get. A double tax on homes is especially hard on homeowners selling their home for less than they owe. This will hurt the housing market and drive your property values down further. HOMEOWNERS ALREADY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE Oregonians pay an average property tax of $2,200 per year. A new transfer tax would place a big burden on homeowners, many of whom are already struggling. It's a double tax, WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE HOME OWNERSHIP A new transfer tax would put home ownership out of reach for many, especially first-time homebuyers who are so important to a healthy housing market. Yes on 79 is endorsed by: Saiem Chamber of Commerce Albany Chamber of Commerce Benton County Farm Bureau Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Harion County Farrn Bureau National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Oregon Association of REALTORS Oregon Small Business Association Salem Association of REAI_]ORS' [axpayer Association of Oregon Oregon Cattlemen's Association Oregon f-arm Bureau VOTE YES ON MEASURE 79 TO STOP ANOTHER TAX ON YOUR HOME. For more information please visit YesOnMeasure79.com Paid for by Yes on 79 PO Box 4750 Tualatin, OR 97062