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Since I can still log in this morning, I would like to appeal to Mr. Hendricks and the AH editorial staff not to implement this change. We live in in a small town and we live in the South. Neither of those factors lend themselves to open public discourse without the fear of being ostracized or even retaliated against. This forum has provided a safe place for the working class, employees, small business owners and retirees to express their opinions about things that effect their lives. Before this forum existed, these people, we, had no 1st Amendment rights in this community, really - not for the sake of our livelihoods and our families.
While you may not like some of the comments made here, there are a few that offer true constructive thinking and make the wheat and chaff thing worth it. Far more people read this forum than I imagined. And they talk about it among their peers, friends and families. But they are talking about the IDEAS, not the Individuals. To change that is to discourage the exchange of ideas and ultimately, set us back on the course to apathy. Apathy got us to the place we are now. Because we live in a small town and we live in the South.
Thank you, Ms. Campbell, for speaking the truth that has so egregiously been ignored - or to your point - flagrantly disregarded. I, like you, wonder when the good gentlemen of the Hospital Authority, and the Phoebe Health System board, will right their moral compasses.
"(The apartment owners)" ?????
Who are they? This is public money being spent, bankruptcy is a public event, so why the BIG SECRET? Obviously Nathan Davis doesn't have any qualms about telling who defaulted on their debts. Why has the Herald purposely omitted the name of the organization or individuals whose collective rears we have just bailed out? So they can have a better chance at coming back and doing it again?
To Whom It May Concern:
The opinions expressed by the Albany Shopper... uh, Herald... do not reflect the opinions of most of its readership or those of the majority of those paying for all these services in Dougherty County. For purposes of full disclosure, the 'analysis opinions' expressed by certain part-time journalists, who may or may not reside in Lee County, are reflective of: a) the journalist's lack of personal expenditure on taxes in the county discussed in this column, and, b) this publication's interests in future advertising dollars from certain non-profit institutions.
We ask that you pardon any inaccuracies, such as The Anchorage being subject to possible Dougherty PILOT fees despite being located in Lee County, with the understanding that the same dramatic effect could not achieved without the shameless use of this example.
We further advise you that placing this column under the heading 'Analysis Opinion' does not attest that any analysis of the information spoon-fed to us was performed. For fact-checking and real analysis, please wait (and hold your breath) until our next installments of public service reporting where we will report on:
A) The true composition of non-profits in Dougherty County and publish a list of those listed as tax-exempt;
B) Our analysis of the tax-exempt properties owned by Albany/Dougherty Hospital Authority and Phoebe Health Systems, their stated uses and publish a list of those properties;
C) Our in-depth analysis of the $130 million in community benefits purported to be given by Phoebe. We will examine what services are provided and provide independent analysis of how that $130 million is calculated.
And which 'industry' would those employers be from, Cartman? The tax-paying industries would see the PILOT fees as some assurance that their future property taxes rates may stay in check since they would not be totally supporting the needs of non-profits. The non-profits can't leave because they need a needy community to qualify for grants - or justify their existence.
'Lending her name'? That's sounds an awful lot like 'if someone else wants to pay for it...'. I don't think you did Ms. Fletcher's campaign any favors by advocating for this project, Carlton.
Hats off to the City Commission for doing what the County, the DCSS and the Chamber have been unwilling to do - advocating that local money needs to be spent locally! For years, we have sent the vast majority of our tax dollars, especially on capital projects, to companies somewhere other than here. Valdosta, in particular, has enjoyed the prosperity of their local businesses funded by the taxpayers of Dougherty County. Add to that Columbus, and any of 10 counties in metro Atlanta, and I think we would find where a missing portion of Albany's economic development has ended up. Spend the money here and it grows here. Now let's see if the County, the DCSS and the Chamber have the same economic common sense.
Way to go, Mr. Taylor!! They are called 'in lieu' fees and they should be charged to all tax-exempt entities owning property in the entire county - including those non-profits occupying government-owned facilities. These fees should be based on the market value of the property. They should be charged annually and subject to the same penalties for non-payment as unpaid property taxes. All property tax-exempt entities in this city expect, and receive, fire protection, law enforcement protection, street lights, road maintenance, utility maintenance, additional utility infrastructure built to accommodate their new construction and many more services. The 8,000 of us who support the cost of these services through payment of property taxes cannot carry the load any longer.
No Mik, the point of this discussion is that the Baileys, in the interest of their personal profits, have visited the DOJ upon this community, thereby allowing the opportunity for the wishes of the local taxpayers and their elected representatives to forever be subjugated to a federal court order. In other words, no more planning and zoning decisions for us without DOJ review. This is not about the Baileys' 4 clients - no matter how much they are shamelessly used as pawns. They just happen to be pawns in a legally protected class. This is about a for-profit business using whatever means available to protect a meager investment - to what may be the long-term detriment of this community.
I have to agree that Mr. Bailey obviously reached out to the DOJ or had someone else do it. Regardless of the side you take on the issue of where to locate this home, you have to consider that inviting the DOJ was purely for the protection of his personal interests. These folks make their living operating these homes. It is not for charitable or philanthropic purposes. Now, because the Baileys made a bad investment, they want to hold up their clients as people who need the protection of the Feds.
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