News story for anyone interested in the status of the "Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad", a small shortline run by the Temple family.
Lawyer says Chelatchie rail lease not valid
He claims deal with business in violation of county code
November 25, 2018
Under the terms of the lease, Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad pays no rent to the county until it transports 1,000 carloads in a calendar year by rail. After that, the county charges $10 per carload for the next 1,000 carloads, which gradually increases to $30.
The lease holds Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad responsible for paying required permits, fees and taxes, as well as maintenance. The lease also allows the company to deduct up to half of the rent to offset taxes and fees.