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How about Little Bighorn since the taxpayer is being massacred? Fitting.
Don't know about that one but a few years ago John Hayes commented in a meeting I attended that DoCo can't have property tax reform to lower property tax because we had 29% of the people below the poverty level. In other words, in his opinion, it seems property tax exists to support programs for the poor. Democracy at work I suppose.
"And yet, according to the stats, only a small number of recipients are believed to be involved in fraud, they say."
Sounds like what Saxby Chambliss' Chief of Staff said about fraud in the food stamp program. "Fraud has gone down every year Saxby has been in office thanks to changes he has put in place". Of course I said I didn't believe it and he responded "that doesn't make any difference, this is the way it is". Saxby and others involved in parceling out dollars would like to believe this without any substantiation and think we are stupid enough to buy off without question.
The comment in the article is Saxbyish--most likely a bunch of crap because no one actively looks for fraud in federal programs. Hogwash!
"I expect the best effort from (EDC staff) when they're pursuing a potential candidate. I just don't see the effort. I would expect them to be proactive, but it's like they throw the bait out there and if they don't get an immediate bite, they roll up their fishing pole and go home."
Let's have specifics John since you raised the issue. What is the EDC not doing, in more tangible terms that have some meaning.
And let's not forget sports fans, the city itself already owns over 1,200 units of housing, in addition to what the Albany Housing Authority owns in its name. Although the city will tell you most of the unit involve federal rather than local money, I would bet the chastity belt there is local money involved we aren't told about, hidden within the colon of the budget. Of course you won't be told about it since you are only told what the city gives the Herald.
It is likely most of the entire $2.1 million was still owed since it sounds like only interest had been paid, along the lines of Cutliff, but you won't be told, Taylor had said the city would only take it back if there were no residents in building. Obviously this has changed. As I understand it, nothing had been paid for years as the owners sucked up the subsidized rent payments from the feds and tenants.. I have been told the property is in bad shape so it seems we have another "ward of the city". And it will be hard for the city to evict those who don't want to go so it can be converted to another fiasco--uptown residential units.
DCED and it loans are a great big train wreck.
Yes, a thriving city before embarking on a goal of becoming welfare capitol of the south. Things were not looking real good before the flood of '94 which brought massive federal funds that did us in. When the fastest growing segment of the economy is poverty, there isn't a lot of hope. Don't expect a lot of private interest in developing this one.
Spent by a private development group years ago hopefully working without city funds.
Kind of like the preacher at church with the good sermon few listen to or follow. Taxpayers are ready for some austerity but what the commissioners are ready for is likely not the same thing. Look at what is going on nationally when cuts are suggested to the purveyors of pork!
You must have seen the playbook!
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