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Rumors, truth, or propaganda have been afloat in Fremont since March. What most Fremonters don’t know is that the Costco Project arrived on our doorsteps in late 2015. That is when city officials made an agreement for surveying Costco’s first chosen site near Nickerson.

Those same officials then began making plans to run Fremont city water, gas, and sewer lines to the proposed plant site. Rumor, truth, or propaganda? TRUTH

The GFDC, Mayor Getzschman, and most businessmen in Fremont say that the Costco Project will bring great things to Fremont. Things like more people and more money, which will be a boost to Fremont’s economy. Those who will actually benefit are those businessmen because they will profit from an increase in their businesses.

Banks will benefit from loans taken out by future growers. Businesses that oversee construction will benefit through building the processing plant and the grower barns. Real estate companies will benefit through house/trailer rentals. The Fremont Utility Department will see at least a 10 percent increase in their profits. Rumor, truth, or propaganda? TRUTH

Nebraska Communities United, an opponent of the Project, was created to fight against the great wrongs proposed through this project: Growers will be greatly in debt; Costco and the banks will be protected by the USDA if a grower goes bankrupt; Bird flu and other diseases; Possible contamination of Fremont’s water system; Fremont’s sewer system will need expensive upgrades; The land needs to be annexed by Fremont so that Costco can use TIF financing to fund the processing plant – at taxpayers’ cost; and workers making $13 an hour will have a negative economic impact on Fremont’s economy. They will need taxpayer help to enjoy a better quality of life. All rumors, truth, or propaganda? TRUTH

Nebraska Communities United asks that you do your own research and make your own decisions about what is a rumor, the truth, or propaganda. We wanted to know the TRUTH so we researched the Project and the topics connected to it; we have gone to all governmental meetings. The TRUTH is out there, you just need to find it, too.

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Denise Richards

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