Why are your tax dollars going to private corporations?

You pay taxes for police protection, but are told, we can’t afford more police officers during a rash of crime.

You pay taxes for street maintenance, yet, streets go unpaved because asphalt is expensive.

You pay taxes on your home, while other homes sit vacant, with uncollected tax bills – and fall into disrepair, dragging down your property value and wonder how it’s all going to turn around?

Well the Dayton City Commission thinks that by investing your money in church music and 15 “new full-time jobs” – they are being good stewards of your money:

The Dayton City Commission, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, awarded a $240,000 development fund grant to the Lorenz Corporation, 501 E. Third Street.

Founded in 1890, Lorenz is a publisher of religious and educational print music in the United States.

The company entered the general education market in 2008, expanding operations in its downtown Dayton headquarters.

Lorenz is investing $1.76 million in the expansion project, which will enable the company to create 15 new fulltime jobs and maintain 69 positions. The company or an affiliate must maintain the total of 84 full-time, permanent positions in the city though Dec. 31, 2014.

via Lorenz Corp. receives $240,000 development fund grant.

Sure, $240,000 may only pay 4 cops for a year, but, if we want to see people feeling that investing in Dayton is a safe investment- being able to say we have added 4 cops to the streets sounds better than we have a company with 15 more jobs making sheet music.

With our lousy track record of enforcing these “agreements”– one need to look at the money handed over to Enterprise Information Management.

From a reliable source:

EIM made a great noise about moving their headquarters from Rosslyn VA to Dayton and how they intended to hire 120 or so software developers.  The city and the State both chipped in some tax incentives and some money for training.

Needles to say, the 120 jobs never materialized,  in fact, most of the recent hiring has occured in Colorado Springs and EIM is in fact off-shoring work to Foxconn in Taiwan (yes, the company where the worked allegedly jumped out of his apartment window to his death after losing an iPhone prototype).  Foxconn does a lot of work in mainland China and EIM has contracts with the US Army and Air Force.

Bruce Lyman, the CEO of EIM was implicated but never indicted in dealings with ex-Congressman William Jefferson – the money in the freezer guy.  In fact the main government witness against Mr. Jefferson in his recent trial was Mr Lyman’s partner in EIM until she too became disgusted with the business practices and started wearing a wire for the government.

No local media has picked up or followed up on EIM- or called into question the practices of giving tax dollars to private companies in exchange for empty promises. At least if we’re paying for more cops- we know that they will actually show up and go to work.

It’s time to end this kind of corporate welfare- not just locally, but nationally. Unfortunately, as long as we continue to have “the best politicians money can buy”- like Mayor McLin and Commissioner Nan Whaley (at least $15,500 in “donations” to their campaigns by Westerville demolition contractor Kitt Cooper) we’ll not see an end to this.

If you believe we need independent, un-biased, honest leadership in Dayton, I ask that you consider donating $25 right now to my campaign.

Seems like a small price to pay to stop the handing over of almost a quarter-million of your money doesn’t it?

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