Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but I sort of remember an article in the Era, where the Mayor or somebody from City Council or the OECD said that the non-profit builders of Newbury Commons would be making a payment in lieu of taxes that would be equal to, OR GREATER THAN what they would have to pay as regular accessed taxes would have been.
I even thought the mayor said that in the past.
Which is it? Would their "payment in lieu of taxes" be greater than the actual tax they would owe or would it be as the mayor seems to now be indicating, 1.5% of what their accessed taxes should be? (from his recent quote in the Era). I do understand that the Era often gets things wrong. But it seems the mayor was once on board with Newbury Commons and tried to sell us the idea, and now has done an abrupt about face on it. IF you can believe what was in the Era.
And I would think Dingle-Berry Commons would be a better name, since the whole idea stinks so bad! It had to have come from somebody's ass rather than their head!
Do we really have THREE city council members who still think this is a good idea? "Bradford is hurting financially, so we need less property owners paying taxes"? FOR REAL?
Did I hear right that the newest council member is a flip-flopper on this, and other issues?