Perry's screed against IDA hubris and largesse is certainly spot on. The lack of accountability of agencies is epic and they employ their own legal counsel to rationalize what they do.
Like anything with a laudable goal (creating jobs, jobs, jobs), government-run economic development can justify any usurpation of taxing authority or decision making without question.
IDA board members were never elected by the public, but get to decide who pays taxes and who doesn't. Fact is every tax exemption should be approved by a legislative body accountable through elections to the people. It's not something I would have wanted to do, and that's why there would be far fewer of them if I had to vote on them.
The creation of standard PILOTs merely spared legislative bodies the headlines for every time my (and your) money is given to someone else on the down low.
This genie is out of the bottle and the County Legislature doesn't seem inclined to put it back in, Chairman Scott Gray is making an effort.
By the way. It's not personal against The Donald (ours, not the other one). This goes on all over, and is only bad when some one or some entity we don't like gets the free stuff.
But a good column by Perry, as I always am fair and balanced in my take on local media.
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