EDITORIAL: County needs to talk to taxpayers about land debt

County officials are spending thousands of dollars of your money to convince the state to lend even more money for them to spend. So far, their sales job has left out a key constituent: Malheur County taxpayers. Those in the community who may be on the hook to repay millions deserve as much attention as check-writing bureaucrats in Salem.

The Malheur County Court and its economic development arm are asking the state to borrow at least $2.1. million. County Judge Dan Joyce and Greg Smith, the county economic development director, say the county needs to go into hock so it can buy up private industrial land. This is bare ground, empty of anything but weeds and hope.

This is not the land needed for the Treasure Valley Reload Center, the onion-shipping depot planned for Nyssa. The state is just giving . . .