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Tax Breaks September 28, 2006

Posted by j-dub in Local, Politics.

I’m not an expert on enterprise zones, and I don’t pretend to play one on TV.  However, I found the efforts of our beloved County Board to be quite amusing last Thursday.  They didn’t want to give Christie a tax break, but they wanted to give the proposed ethanol plant a tax break.  Okay, I might be able to see the reasoning behind that.  Giving a tax break to the ethanol people looks better than giving the hospital a tax break.

Read this story to get caught up.
What I don’t get is Board Member Weibel’s assessment of the land, and his reasoning for voting the way he did.  Here’s what Mr. Weibel had to say about the Christie Land:

Fellow Democrat C. Pius Weibel of Champaign said the purpose of enterprise zones is to entice new businesses, particularly to depressed areas. Neither was this a new business nor is the outlying neighborhood depressed, he said.

Here’s what he said about the Anderson’s land:

Weibel called the affected area “neutral” and more suited to help from the government.

I don’t get the comparison.  And just by reading the legal descriptions, the land isn’t that far apart from each other.  I’d say both chunks of land are neutral.  There isn’t a whole lot going on in either location.  So essentially, not much difference in makeup.  The only problem I see is that the Christie chunk of land appears to be somewhat larger (60-80 acres).

Also, WHO CARES if Provena would be affected by Christie’s new facility? Board Member Putman and others  took the “I don’t want to take sides” approach, which basically means, I’m too chicken to vote one way or the other.  I’m not saying we throw Provena under the bus, but seriously, when did the County Board have to start babysitting every business in the County?  So if both businesses were up for a tax break on land, then it would be okay to give them both a break?  I don’t understand that logic either.  You give Christie the break now and when Provena needs help in the future, you give them help also.  It’s as simple as that.  Also, you can just as easily upset Christie, by taking sides, and protecting Provena (which is essentially what they are doing and saying).

Even if Provena folds, Carle, Christie, the University, or somebody else would buy up Provena’s land in a heart beat.  They’d put more jobs right back in there and be successful in that location.  I guess I get tired of the cry babies who can’t handle competition from other businesses.  I want this area to thrive and grow, not fester with businesses who aren’t smart enough, or motivated enough to be the best.



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