Walmart's effect on Cornelius has been overall positive since its debut in 2010, an analysis of taxes, jobs and traffic finds.
Cornelius' acceptance of Walmart is much different than other metro-area cities that are protesting incoming Walmart locations, such as Sherwood.
For the city of 12,000, Wal-Mart meant greater tax revenue, hundreds of new jobs and nearly $1 million in fees for city improvements. Almost 75 percent of Cornelius' assessed tax value is residential, meaning residents (through property taxes) assume a larger-than-usual share of city financing. The city also has one of the highest poverty rates in the metro area.
As the No. 1 employer in Cornelius, Walmart has about 240 associates. Rachel Wall, senior manager of community affairs at Wal-Mart, said about half of those people live in Cornelius or Forest Grove and the majority are full-time. According to its website, the average wage of a Walmart employee in Oregon is $13.26 per hour.
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