Poll: Two-thirds of Tampa Bay area voters agree with incentives for corporate relocations or expansions
It's a mainstay of the economic development playbook: when courting a corporate relocation or expansion, offer tax breaks, road improvements or just plain cash. Now a new poll finds that two-thirds of Tampa Bay area voters are comfortable with offering such incentive packages.
The poll commissioned by the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and AM 820 News Tampa Bay surveyed 625 registered voters from Dec. 12 to 17. Overall, 66 percent of respondents said they agreed with the practice of governments giving incentives such as tax breaks to attract businesses to move here. Support was stronger in Hillsborough (69 percent in favor, versus 63 percent in Pinellas), where officials this year have announced planned arrivals or expansions by the likes of Amazon, Bristol-Myers Squibb and USAA.