Hosler trashes Hagan's job creation proposal
Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan today asked the board to put a referendum on the November ballot so voters can consider a property tax exemption for businesses that expand or relocate to the county. “We need to do everything we can to kickstart our economy and to have job creation now,” Hagan said. “Whether you’re JFK or Ronald Reagan, we’ve seen it time and again. When you cut taxes you ignite job growth.” Commissioners asked county attorneys to draft language for the ballot. They'll discuss the issue again on Aug. 4.
Jim Hosler, one of Hagan's opponents in his run for the District 5 commission seats, immediately attacked Hagan's proposal as politically motivated. “The recession’s been going on now for two years and four months before an election, Chairman Hagan decides to do something about economic development by proposing a measure that's pretty extreme," said Hosler, who is running with no party affiliation. “Bringing this up at the last minute without any study, without any public input, without any revenue impact analysis seems like a desperate act."
Hosler said the county needs every penny of property tax revenue available, and there are better ways to promote new business and create jobs, such as waiving impact fees, streamlining permitting and creating special taxing districts.
Hagan, a Republican, and Hosler and Democrat Linda Saul-Sena are competing for the countwide commission seat in November.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer