Santa Maria Sun / Letter To The Editor
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 22
The county's future is grim without oil
Janice Battles - Santa Maria
I cannot stress enough to the people of Santa Barbara County just how crippling the passage of Measure P would be to our communities. Many of us here in this county, I feel, have blindly jumped on board the “no fracking” band wagon without taking into account the role that the oil companies play in our local economy and communities.
From a strictly economic standpoint, the oil companies in 2013 alone gave more than $16.4 million to the county government with $10.2 million of that going to local schools and another $2.1 million to fire protection agencies, but all of this pales in comparison to $291 million that the oil companies contribute to our local economy as a whole. In terms of the effects on the community, oil companies employ more than 2,000 people in Santa Barbara County. Those employees are hard working families and citizens who would be out of work over night should Measure P pass.
Seeing the role that the oil companies play here in Santa Barbara County, and have played for generations, I pose to all of you a question: How do you imagine the future of Santa Barbara County be without them? It looks grim in my opinion.
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