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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3A FORUM, rom page 2A are going to get out of it. It's going to take a few more years. We just approved a large development in Lake Almanor that has been in the works for years. I asked the question of the developers: Why are you going forward with this? There's a glut of houses. And they said the Bay Area is turning around and they are looking to the future. Soper Wheeler is going through with a project on Chandler Road. Raising taxes? No, I would not raise taxes. Tax is a four-letter word in Plumas County. TOT tax, we could maybe look at that. I'm not against that. That is paid by the visitor who comes into this town. Not anybody who lives here. HUFFMON: I'm not in- terested in raising taxes at all. The last time we raised the TOT tax from 6 to 9percent, the justification was because the county was broke and didn't have any money to invest in tourism and "1 think we need to start focusing on where we go from here. A huge part of that is economic development - which involves retaining the jobs that we have, as well as attracting new ones." Jame's Huffmon Candidate recreation marketing in the county. So it was this great thing. If we could just add 3 percent to the tax the out-of-town people are paying here, then we could have this money to promote our county, to pro- mote tourism and to promote businesses. And now, even though we are at that 9 percent, we are back to the same place. Needing money. So, is raising taxes the answer? I don't think so. GOSSETT: As a supervisor, you don't have a lot of power to raise taxes. Your options are to build the economy and get property values up. But we can't raise property tax. I was told by the fair manager that the fair is going to need about $200,000 to keep the fairgrounds open. How are we going to raise that money? I'm not sure. But I've talked to a couple of business owners. I would float the idea of possibly having a business license tax. But I would want to make sure it was invested properly and wisely. And it would have to go to the people to vote on it. If it was like 50 bucks a year to fund tourism and the fair- grounds, maybe chambers, economic development.., that would be the only way we could possibly raise taxes. The other way would be a quarter percent sales tax. But I wouldn't support that. We should spend the TOT tax the way it was designed for. SIMPSON (rebuttal): Years ago we had one chamber of commerce for the whole county. Now we've morphed to a chamber in every town. We had a visitors bureau. We are a county of only 20,000 people. So we were paying every chamber. We were paying BODY, from page 1A Monument, when it left the highway. The Toyota continued through some bushes before careening down a steep embankment to the river. According to the CHP, the car floated more than 300 feet before sinking. Sable said he and Herdt had just pulled in to drop off a car at the takeout for their kayaking trip when they spotted the body at about 4:30 p.m. After determining the body appeared lifeless, they tried to call 911. Sable said the cellphone reception was bad, so they drove back toward Caribou to make the call. By the time they returned to the scene, the Forest Service had arrived, followed shortly by the CHP and sheriff. Using binoculars, they spotted the victim's body "hung up in some brush on the left side of the river" about one-quarter mile down- stream. Sable, Herdt and Morgan Koons used their kayaks to help retrieve Zada's body. Zada was identified later Read all about it on our Websitel that evening after family members notified the sheriff's office that she was overdue. • The family was told about the circumstances. They identified Zada by photos. According to her family, Zada had flown from Tucson to Oakland, where she rented the car. A helicopter searches the Feather River below Rich Bar for the body of a woman after kayakers alerted autborities Friday, April 27. The kayakers had seen the body floating face-down near the bridge. Photo by Will Farris EPHC Auxi!iary's Nifty Thrifty Celebrating 7 years in our new building 50 off sale all store items ONE DAY ONLY THURSDAY, MAY 10 plumasnews.com 116 Commercial St. • Portola • 832-5967 30 MINUTES OR LESS ... GUARANTEED LUBE, OIL & FILTER • Most passenger cars & light trucks. • Diesels extra but ask about our new lower prices on diesel oil changes.  PROVEN ig00" Products Service Includes up to 5 qts Premium CAM2 0il • Air Filter • Windshield Washer Fluid • Transmission Fluid • Power Steering Fluid • Differential Fluid (plus Recycle Fee & Sales Tax) 95 • Most passenger cars & light trucks. • Diesels extra but ask about our new lower prices on diesel oil changes. 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I think we need to spend that TOT tax more on economic development and back on tourism. , SIMPSON: I really admire these two guys for stepping up to the plate. It takes a lot of guts to run for office. And it gives everybody a chance to evaluate my record. About economic develop- ment: My job, I feel as super- visor, is to provide services "But ! think there hasn't been a lot of strong decisions regarding our budget. There are a lot of people in the community that are concerned about the budget." Barry Gossett Candidate for the people. That's my main priority. Economic development, the funding has gone downhill since I've been in office because our revenues have gone down. But we did fund Plumas Corp. with tons of money. Our TOT tax is funding our libraries. Do you want to keep those open? Do you want to keep the museum open? Do you want to keep our sheriff's office fully funded? The revenues are down and we are trying to do the best we can. Contact lenses made easy! 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