What one hand gives, the other taketh away

Hillsborough County commissioner Hagan has been working to fulfill a campaign promise to help get Bass Pro Shops to build a shiny new store here.

Give and takeGive:
His first plan was to push through a Tax Incentive program that specifically calls out “destination retail business” as being eligible to as much as $2 million in  tax breaks. Oddly, there was a March 1 yearly deadline to file. As this program is stalled by BOCC and public discussions that never took place to begin with; time to move on to plan “B”.

Take:
Plan “B” is the formation of a “supercharged” economic development agency that would have the authority to raise money through increased taxes to give to new business such as Bass Pro Shops.

What one hand gives, the other takes away.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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