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Ryan Parker running for County Commmissioner

City Councilor Ryan Parker:  Filing for County Commissioner, Position 3

To the residents of Lincoln County:

My name is Ryan Parker and I am running for County Commissioner, Position 3 because I don’t feel that the Board of Commissioners is doing enough to support the county’s working people.

Throughout the pandemic the Board was lacking a unified public face while various policies were talked about, widely criticized and businesses struggled.  The Newport City Council, on which I sit, created a small business support program to return Urban Renewal funds to so businesses could make payroll, pay business expenses and survive in a very tough time of history, while no such county program was tried or implemented. Returning tax collections back to those businesses they came from is a good program, and it is disappointing that a board did not see as a priority.  I see a different future for Lincoln County, and if elected I would do everything possible to see to implementing a bold vision where success is shared and encouraged. We could (and should), Cap property taxes for single family homeowners. If the county wants to raise taxes, then it should ask the voters to approve any increases.

Be a leader among all Oregon counties in sustainable forestry-Oregon logs, Oregon mill jobs and Oregon markets for the high-quality lumber already being produced.  A localized Forestry Stewardship Council certification program will open opportunities for direct wood product sales.  It will encourage more locally owned woodlots that can create multiple generations of improved wildlife habitat and income for landowners and carbon storage.  I see a need for a direct county-research university partnership, with an onsite nursery to be sited in Toledo, perhaps on the soon-to-be vacated ODF facility.  Imagine the possibilities for mill employees, researchers, processors and other stakeholders creating conifers that could better withstand drier summers, insect pests and be resistant to future climatic interruptions…

Improve county services, by hiring more employees that do front line work and reconsider the salaries of management. Our tax base cannot support higher salary ranges without more income. Lincoln County would benefit from a fair, bipartisan timber excise tax which would stay in the county and go to improve streams and rivers for salmon and steelhead habitat, which in turn supports a sport and commercial fishery.

Look at expanding RV camping as the county’s RV and campground inventory is not meeting current demand.

Create a sinking fund for long-term funding of wetland restoration on the county’s watersheds. These practical investments yield better longer-term benefits across Lincoln County. This could improve the ability of the county’s watershed councils to continue and expand their important work.

Get ODOT to produce a workable plan to begin pre-construction work on a new Yaquina Bay Bridge. Our beloved bridge is 86 years old and the current plan to operate it as the sole crossing for another 20 years is unrealistic. It would create significant future economic harm without alternatives.

Support better management of the Lincoln County School District.  We need to help our kids who have endured a very tough past two years. Vocational and school-to-work programs at all campuses are a great need and must be ramped up. School-aged children need good, locally grown food and classified staff should be paid a prevailing wage for the difficult, thankless jobs they do for us.

Thank you for your support, and please do reach out and let me know your ideas and suggestions on how Lincoln County can write a new chapter.

Sincerely,
Ryan Parker
South Beach

ryanforlincolncounty@gmail.com, Twitter: @RPforCountyComm, Facebook: Ryan for Lincoln County

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