Oregon Mill Challenges Investigators Of State Energy Tax Credit Program

Managers of a Roseburg sawmill say investigators hired to audit Oregon’s controversial business energy tax credit program made a negligent mistake that harmed its reputation. The audit, undertaken in part to find problem tax credits among the more than 14,000 processed by the Department of Energy from 2006 to 2014, flagged $5.1 million in tax […]

Managers of a Roseburg sawmill say investigators hired to audit Oregon’s controversial business energy tax credit program made a negligent mistake that harmed its reputation.

The audit, undertaken in part to find problem tax credits among the more than 14,000 processed by the Department of Energy from 2006 to 2014, flagged $5.1 million in tax credits the mill received in 2006 and 2012 as “illogical projects with contradictory benefits.”

Richard Mathews, general manager at Douglas County Forest Products, wrote to the private investigative audit firm last week. He demanded that Marsh Minick deliver a written apology claiming full responsibility for the alleged error, arrange for corrections by news media that reported the information, inform all government agencies involved of the purported inaccuracies, and provide contact information for the insurance company that provides its malpractice coverage.

“We have no reason to believe that your firm intentionally libeled our company’s good name and reputation,” the letter said, “but it is obvious that your conduct was clearly negligent and probably even reckless since you failed to even contact the management of this company to give them an opportunity to correct your obvious erroneous findings.”

Marsh Minick, the Portland firm hired last spring by Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins to conduct the forensic audit, said it stands by its findings. The company said it responded to Mathews’ letter by urging him to review the documentation on file at the Energy Department.

From OregonLive: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2016/11/roseburg_sawmill_challenges_in.html

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