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EDITORIAL: Time to pause county’s industrial plans to judge real benefits

Malheur County Judge, Dan Joyce. (The Enterprise/File)

The smartest comments to come from a recent public hearing in Vale were voices calling for a “time out” on Malheur County’s industrial development ambitions. That’s precisely what should happen.

Malheur County officials are pushing on two tracks. One is development of the state-funded Treasure Valley Reload Center. The second is industrial park development on at least two parcels. Officials at the state Transportation Department are on duty to be watchful over the rail shipping center. Local citizens can be comforted that the state agency won’t advance money to Malheur County if the project doesn’t pencil out or otherwise doesn’t turn out to be sensible.

Taxpayers have considerably more at risk on the industrial development. County officials have made only vague, and . . .