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York feels like small town America. A water tower in the shape of a hot air balloon greets you as you leave I-80 and enter town. When you walk along its downtown, local residents smile and say, “hi.” You can see and feel the town's can-do attitude.
It’s also one of the counties that is losing out on economic opportunities from the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The State Department estimates that York County will get $932,000 in local tax revenue from the first year of the Keystone XL pipeline’s operation. How could this community invest that money?
For an idea, the Platte Institute, a Nebraska public policy think tank, looked at when the first Keystone pipeline was built in 2010, and how it benefited Nebraska counties:
Saline County’s valuation of the pipeline amounted to $16.7 million, helping the Dorchester school district generate funds for repaying the $4 million bond issue passed in 2008 to construct a new school in the district. Dorchester School Superintendent Mitch Kubricek noted that the increased revenue from the pipeline could allow for property tax levies to be lowered.
The report continued:
David Mach, chairman of the Butler County Board of Supervisors, was so pleased with the impact from the first pipeline that he said the county would be willing to have a second pipeline built in their county.
York County won’t be alone in benefiting from the Keystone XL pipeline. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss estimated that “the twelve counties in KXL’s path will see substantial increases in tax receipts during the construction and operation of the pipeline.”
But that won’t happen until the administration ends its six-year delay and approves the Keystone XL pipeline.