Property Wrongs is Sightline’s new report on what other states can learn from Oregon’s experience with Measure 37. It tells six stories of communities that got stuck with the consequences.
This is the final story in our series, but there are many more untold stories in Oregon.
Susie Kunzman and her husband love their quiet rural life. They raise alpacas, 35 of them, which have an estimated worth of $350,000. But all that could change if a proposed 80-acre gravel mine goes in just over the Kunzman’s fence line—a gravel mine that is the result of a measure 37 claim.
Alpacas are easily spooked, explains Kunzman, and the blasting and noise from crushing could stress them. Stress to an alpaca is reflected in the strength and quality of their hair, which for Kunzman equates to lost revenue. She wonders who will pay her for lost value from the effects of the mine, especially when it comes time to sell her property.
Kunzman’s other neighbors are incensed too. One neighbor, Renee Ross, summed up the community’s sentiment best when she recently told a reporter, “I hope other states don’t do this.”
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