Eugene church wants $750K to drop cell tower plan

Pastor Aaron Taylor of Crossfire World Outreach Ministries has offer from cell company

Pastor Aaron Taylor of Crossfire World Outreach Ministries has been offered $2 million for a cell phone tower on his church property, Jan. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Pastor Aaron Taylor of Crossfire World Outreach Ministries has been offered $2 million for a cell phone tower on his church property, Jan. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The pastor of a Eugene church is offering a deal to neighbors who oppose his plan to lease part of the property for a 75-foot cellphone tower.

He’ll drop plans for the tower in return for $750,000.

Pastor Aaron Taylor of Crossfire World Outreach Ministries says that’s half of what Crossfire would receive over a long-term lease. He also says opponents could buy the entire 2-acre church site for $2 million, so the church could relocate.

One of the opponents, William Collinge, tells The Register-Guard they’ll discuss the offer but he doesn’t know if it’s ridiculous or people will think it’s extortion.

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