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September 16, 2014
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Legislators agree to Apollo plan; new conditions in the deal


Legislator Kathy LaBuda said she agreed with Dollard and the others about the non-for-profit, but said, “I have to tell you, in the big picture, I couldn’t let that be the deal-breaker, I’m not going to stop the project from going forward because of that little piece.” She added, “As a legislator who represents the entire county, it’s not about one business or one group, but it’s about the entire county, and that facility will bring us sale tax money that we lack.”

To address lawmakers concerns about the matter, however, an amendment was added to the resolution saying that any nonprofit that becomes part of the deal will have to sign a community benefits agreement, which according to Edwards, “holds organizations accountable for pubic subsidies received in the form of government grants and tax exemptions or other concessions.”

The process of addressing some concerns took a few months and was the cause of frustration for some of the people involved, but in the end was beneficial according to legislator Alan Sorenson. He said “This was a very good example of how people on the legislature, who all come with different skill sets, had the opportunity to contribute to the process, and I do think that the final agreement is much better as a result of that.”

Reading about agreements

Reading about agreements being reached is always good news. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out and how these changes will affect the surrounding community in the future.

 

Making room for a big box store is not as easy as what most people may trust that it is and it takes time to go through all of the legal stuff.