The honest debate over what is and is not economic development is not limited to Watertown. Across the Empire State, there is more and more scrutiny of public agencies that hand out goodies.
In suburban Buffalo a debate over tax breaks for a pizzaria resulted in the freebies being turned down.
Many communities have numerous IDA's cranking out exemptions of dubious value.
The debate that is being held on these matters is a good thing and the Legislature is wise to question the crazy quilt system that has arisen around the state in the past fifty years.
A pizzeria doesn’t need a tax break - David Robinson - The Buffalo News