Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan is batting zero in his attempts at hitting a task force home run.
His Transportation Task Force was formed to recommend a Choo-Choo for Tampa.
His I-4 Task Force was formed to recommend paving over east county farmlands at taxpayer expense.
His Economic Development Taskforce was formed to recommend tax breaks for Bass Pro Shop.
Now he wants an Economic Prosperity Stakeholders Task Force formed to recommend taxpayers footing the bills for new roads, sewers, water, and fire and police services in order to “attract new business”.
All these task forces have simply cost taxpayers a ton of money in outside consultants’ fees.
To paraphrases a line from the movie Blazing Saddles: “We don’t need no stinking task forces.”
Commissioner Sandra Murman didn’t need a task force to start a very successful incentive program to encourage the actual creation of new jobs.
But then maybe we should save Hagan the time, expense and embarrassment of another failed task force and just give him a walk on this one?
After all, according to Hagan, with all the tax and fee cuts already approved by the BOCC over the past few years, The County isn’t bringing in much money from new businesses anyway, so what’s to lose?
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen
- Promises, promises (verbumsapienti.wordpress.com)