The city of Corvallis has been received a “Porker Award” from a foundation that scrutinizes how governments spend tax dollars.
The award from the Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation claims that the city has spent federal grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency for 18 months while coming nowhere close to achieving its goals.
Corvallis received a three-year $492,000 grant from the EPA in 2011 to help set up programs to reduce carbon emissions.
Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation executive director and former state Rep. Jeff Kropf said in a press release that Corvallis has spent 40 percent of the grant money but is less than 1 percent of the way to meeting its key goals.
“How many more government-funded ‘green’ programs have to fail before the taxpayers demand this type of waste spending stops?” said Kropf.
Corvallis begs to differ.
“The Corvallis community is recognized nationwide as a leader for its sustainability efforts,” said Public Works Department Director Mary Steckel. “Corvallis is one and a half years into the three-year grant period, and as we all know, innovative solutions take time to reach maturity.
“Even though these programs started from scratch, we’ve already seen successes in our outreach efforts that have engaged vendors, residents and both high school and OSU classrooms. To date the grant has provided 16 community jobs (the equivalent of 4.25 full-time employees) and those folks are working to educate residents on how to reduce their carbon footprint to save money.
“We are a grateful recipient of the federal grant and are excited to make progress toward energy efficiency and conservation in our community.”
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