As the Parsons City commission is poised to give away $30,000 of tax payer’s money, does anybody really know who they are giving it to? Or WHY?
JOBS calls themselves an “private economic developement corporation”. Really? What economy are they actually developing? Their own? The very name and description seem to be quite a misnomer to me. How will they create jobs? And if they do, are the jobs going to be created to further the economic interests of those who make-up JOBS, Inc.? After all, do we even know who they are? At the very least we should know who makes up this group. Full disclosure and transparency is the right thing to do isn’t it?
From the Parsons Sun’s recent articles, the only person I can connect with JOBS is Bob Wood, Realtor extraordinaire. Being a Realtor, isn’t he going to profit from our expenditure? Now please, talk about a conflict of interest at the commission meeting, before you vote to give away PUBLIC money to a PRIVATE firm!
It seems to me that this group is nothing more than wealthy land speculators, who no doubt stand to make quite a bundle of cash if they can pull off this public funding of their private speculations. Sound familiar? Kind of like Wall Street socialism?
I have no problem with the city doing developement, if and when it is needed. IS IT NEEDED? As one city employee noted, JOBS is doing more developing than the city ever has! I do not see any need for $200,000 homes at this time. I know the city has its own dreams of collecting taxes on these homes, but let’s do a reality check first.
School enrollment is at an all-time low, and continues to drop every year. Surely this is as much of an economic indicator as the massive layoffs that Grandview Cabinets has just been forced to implement. Drive around in the real city, not the dreamy imaginary plat near the booming Wal-Mart intersection. What do you see? Empty businesses everywhere, homes in disrepair. Several homes for sale on practically every block in town. The Help Wanted section in the Parsons Sun hardly makes me think”Build, build, build!” And all the while, many towns in Kansas offer FREE LAND.
Could it possibly be that these speculators bought up the land during a boom-time in real estate, seeing escalating values and a chance to cash in big time. And now, now that the boom has gone bust, what are they to do? I know! Two words…..BAIL-OUT.
Unless this group, and the city commission that is ready to dump our money on them, knows something about a real developement in the near future that just might support jobs that would fill this pipe-dream they call Redtail Ridge,….well if they know something, DO TELL.
I say we have no business funding even the drawings for this developement, at least until real economic growth proves the need. And then, why wouldn’t the city do it’s job, and initiate the move instead of being prodded into this tax money give-away.
Let private corporations fund private ventures, and the markets will create demand. Or do we not believe in capitalism anymore?
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION; (THANK YOU, Dr. Miller)
I was asked to contribute to the formation of Jobs inc. This was civic minded citizens concerned about the deteriorating economy after the Katy sold to the UP. It was formed by private citizens donating money to a special fund to allow money to be available to land businesses to increase the economic viability of Parsons. We donated the money so that those trying to bring businesses here could bypass long and involved red tape. Many of the doctors who like myself were self employed and had our own private practices not hospital employees contributed 5 or 10 thousand each. This was a gift to help the economic development of the community with funds outside of the legal and statutory requirements of the city. Its sole purpose was to create an environment to increase the number of jobs available. The officers are volunteers who look for ways to help create jobs in Parsons. -Dr. Steve Miller