Malheur County takes over funding costs of pursuing rail shipping center

In less than a year, a half-million dollars in public money has flowed to businesses working on plans for the Treasure Valley Reload Center.

UPDATE: This story was updated on May 9 after Greg Smith issued a three-page statement on Facebook Wednesday evening, hours after publication of this story.

NYSSA – Malheur County has spent more than $500,000 pursuing a rail shipping center for Nyssa, dipping into the county treasury and borrowing from a bank to pay bills, according to available public documents.

And the money continues flowing month by month, as expenses mount and the county awaits the state’s decision on whether the Treasure Valley Reload Center should be built.

Most of the money financed two crucial tasks – preparing a proposal for the state and . . .