Re: T. Rowe Price
Incentive deals need watchdogs
Everyone is elated and County Commission Chairman Jack Marino is "pumped'' at the previously undisclosed $12 million available to lure financial giant T. Rowe Price to Land O' Lakes. Pasco Economic Development Council president Mary Jane Stanley says two more state incentive packages are to be decided.
So far, T. Rowe is to receive $26.5 million in state and local payments, permit and impact fee credits and road building funds. Half would be paid when two buildings are completed and 345 new jobs are created, the other half once the other building is up and 1,215 jobs are created. Who will fill these positions? Do we have any guarantee that these jobs will go to Americans who will live here and invest in the community? Do we have the right to say how our money is allocated?
Do you remember the sweet deal Nielson Media Research got from Pinellas County? They relocated their headquarters from Dunedin to Oldsmar after receiving millions in incentives. Almost immediately they stepped up outsourcing to India. Then they implemented the coldest business practice of all. They brought people from India here and required their employees to train them to take their jobs. Now there are plenty of spaces in the Nielson parking lots because the new employees ride the bus, rent an apartment and send money home.
Last I heard, officials in Pinellas were trying to figure out how or if they could get some of the tax dollars back. We need rules and guidelines and watchdogs for our money. These deals should be overseen by state treasury officials.
Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey
Fines might stop roadside signs
I live in Wesley Chapel and I see signs, commonly referred to as snipe signs, all over Pasco County and all over Florida.
I recently was a volunteer to remove those signs. Why do these businesses do this?
It is about time we contact our county commissioners, other elected officials and whoever else will listen. We need to pass stronger laws to keep these signs from littering our highways. Maybe if they were fined $1,000 for each offense they would stop doing it. Or maybe $10,000 an offense. Whatever works.
This is a problem all over our great state of Florida. I was born and raised in Florida and I do not want to look at snipe signs.
Tony Collings, Wesley Chapel