Why no answer on who is paying in PTC?

Many weeks ago, I asked local developer Scott Bradshaw who paid for the free shindig for the West Village Impact Fee Committee? He said the taxpayers did not pay for the private lunch for the Impact Fee Committee. Ok, I will publicly ask again. Did local developer Bradshaw pay? Did developer John Wieland pay? Did developer Levitt and Sons pay? Did the money fall from the sky? Did Mayor Logsdon sanction the developer freebies for a committee who decides the amount of impact fees the builders have to pay? If the mayor is not condeming it, is he condoning it? How is a rigged deal like this supposed to benefit the local taxpayers? The District Attorney needs to begin an investigation starting with the mayor’s office on down.

johenry's blog | login to post comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Robert W. Morgan's picture
Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:59pm.

Well johenry, if the developers paid they did not get their money's worth. The extremely high impact fees that are being proposed by the committee you are so worried about being influenced by the developer types is not something to worry about. The proposed impact fees are too high - not too low. If they were too low you could ask why. But when they are too high - what is the question?

You seem a little influenced by this notion that Steve Brown and the Van guy are throwing out there - namely, politicians are bought by developers and that is simply not true here. Nothing at all has surfaced and it would have if those accusations were true.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 3:13pm.

If taxes didn't, maybe it was the non-tax organization called development authority, which taxes motels and hotels, oops,
I meant to say, which levies fees upon motels and hotels as a slush fund, tennis center purchase money---which they didn't pay, professional tennis players wages, or, it could have been from the High Command Organization for the Paving of Fayette County!

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 1:39pm.

No official government function should atend a "dinner" about something pending, especially paid by developers or unknowns.

hutch866's picture
Submitted by hutch866 on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 1:48pm.


I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 3:45pm.

Did you read johenry blog?

hutch866's picture
Submitted by hutch866 on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 3:22pm.

I understood his, it's yours I'm unsure about.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 11:58am.

You think our Citizens can be influenced by a lunch? I don't think anyone is that petty or shallow.

I think that's what your comments are about. If not, fill me in.

Submitted by Jones on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 4:11pm.

I have to agree with Johenry. I mean where do you draw the line McDonoughDawg? At what point or dollar figure is enough?

Jack Abramoff got pounded into jail for pedaling influence. His Washington DC restaurant gave certain Congressmen free dinners all the time. He got a major vote related to foreign trade policy from one House Member, costing us hundreds of millions of dollars, by just providing a round of golf in California.

If the developers are picking up the tab for lunches for the people who determine their impact fees, what would stop them from doing something else in the future? Honestly, what is the point of ethics laws if people just look the other way?

Isn't that how the Development Authority got into their mess that we spent over a million dollars on?

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:33pm.

That's what committees do. They listen to everyone, and make a decision/recommendation, or at least that's what I think they should do.

On top of that, all we have is accusations in this blog anyways. Come with facts, and then we'll sort it out.

I stand by my statement, that a lunch wouldn't influence me one bit. Obviously, some disagree.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 7:50pm.

If anyone buys any official committee, except the city, anything, there will be no end to it and you know that. It is just that you favor all development.
I list the Pharmacuetical industry as an example, they have spent billions, no maybe a few trillions, on influence of doctors, congresasmen and Senators, and many other things. It started with luncheons and dinners, and they still also do that for whole office staffs. Caribbean vacations for some.
Who do you think gets the best place for their pens, kleenexes, writing pads, and who gets their name on the prescription?
The thing about it is it is not necessary. They can all talk to each other anytime they want.
What we need in PTC is some industry to help pay the bills and to
provide decent jobs to cops wives, firemen's wives, and other low paid employees. Now that is what a development authority is about!

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.