Archive for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Letter: Red flag?

March 26, 2013

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To the editor:

Before the coming city election, all citizens should drive to the intersection of McDonald Drive and Second Street/Princeton Drive. Opposite USD 497 headquarters and adjacent to the Hallmark plant is a lovely new Comfort Inn & Suites with 61 well-appointed rooms, a deluxe indoor pool and 65 safe and convenient parking places. I’m told this hotel was built without a single penny of tax breaks, rebates or a TIF! They’ve paid their full share of property tax from day one.

City officials and developers are constantly beating the drum for free enterprise, but always seek corporate welfare for any new project.  As long as out-of-town entrepreneurs and corporations are willing to do their own market research and invest their own millions in Lawrence, there is no excuse for taxpayer funding of local developers’ pet hotel projects.

I’m totally dedicated to free enterprise, especially enterprise free to local taxpayers. I regard the recent developer-financed postcard mailing as a red flag and will vote accordingly.   

Comments

tomatogrower 2 years, 3 months ago

Great letter. We should really start promoting the businesses who are willing to take the risks that businesses took a long time ago. Either they want to locate here or they don't. Guess who pays for things in the end? It's not the rich business guy, trust me. Look at that hotel on the river. You know the one with the parking lot that we paid for, but now don't get to use.

think_about_it 2 years, 3 months ago

And to think that Comfort Inn was built by non other than Lawrence's biggest villain Thomas Fritzel!

jack22 2 years, 3 months ago

It's a small wonder why out of town companies are reluctant to open a business in Lawrence without asking for tax breaks. They know that without them they'll have a difficult time competing with all the other businesses that have been allowed to use them to lessen their financial risks. It used to be that a company paid a local contractor like Fritzel to help them build their business. The local contractor made their money doing the construction for companies that paid all the costs and risked their money hoping their business would be a success. Anymore, our local developers not only want to help build the businesses, they also want to own them and have the tax payers help pay for them. They've become much like today's banks, they've gotten away from their initial business model and have taken on a greater interest in all aspects of business. This greater interest in building and owning a business has allowed them greater profits but has also exposed them to a greater financial risk. Because of these greater financial risks, like our banks, they want to put many of the costs on the backs of the taxpayers. So build away Fritzel and Compton, if it's a bad business plan you all have and it doesn't work out the way you'd expect, you don't have to worry, you all know it's we the tax payers who will be the ones left holding the bag.

windjammer 2 years, 3 months ago

Did he get paid to build it by the tax payers. I think you missed the point of the letter.

FlintlockRifle 2 years, 3 months ago

The boys down town run Lowe's away, to many hoops to jump through, I drive over to Topeka and buy my big ticket home repairs

Richard Heckler 2 years, 3 months ago

Tax incentives eliminate the Free Market aspect. The Free Market is dead thanks to politicians handing out tax dollars like drunken sailors.

rtwngr 2 years, 3 months ago

So is personal initiative and accountability.

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