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To simply state there is a loss of trust in our elected officials, is such a gross understatement as to be almost laughable with the current state of affairs.
From D.C.with the lies,misinformation and blame-slinging during the 35-day federal government shutdown, to the growing turmoil in the General Assembly in Richmond, to our secret megasite, with its hidden agendas, grossly over exaggerated numbers and false claims, regional partners, and stunning reversal by our local board of supervisors, I think I speak for most people when I say, “we don’t trust you.”
And, there is little hope that we will trust you again as long as you remain in office. Don’t try to rationalize or explain, we don’t believe you.
Calling this a good business decision, as Supervisors Tommy Barlow and Willie Gentry did before reversing their previous votes, is a joke. If it was a good business decision, taxpayers would support it and someone would have already developed it. It’s only a “good” business decision if the county spends another $30 million to $40 million in tax dollars to provide water, sewage treatment and a gas line to the property, and a “good” industry moves here to accept our handout.
This land purchase just gives supervisors a chance to throw more good money after bad, our tax money, to expand on their already bad mistake, the James River water line, still not providing one drop of water to Louisa County. And, the board will only allow the water for industry, none to single family housing? We know we can’t trust you to keep that promise either.
In a sad, ironic twist, last Sunday’s Richmond Times Dispatch contained an article with the headline, “Industrial megasites sit empty in Virginia despite hefty spending.” Speakers have been mentioning that unfortunate little fact to the board since this secret plan was outed. Megasites sit empty all over Virginia. To megasite proponents it’s because Virginia hasn’t spent enough tax money, $100 million in Virginia so far, to get sites ready or made incentives, tax breaks and other giveaways, large enough to the biggest, richest corporations in the world.
In reality, megasites aren’t coming because industry isn’t building them. Times have changed. Our planners, in secret, have been looking backwards into the past for solutions for our future.
Want confirmation we can’t trust them, check the numbers their consultants came up with for this megasite. In four years, unknown industries will be spending $200 million a year in Louisa and will spend that much every year for the next 15 years. And, that $200 million a year is the low estimate Mangum Consultants came up with, but admit, often, they could be wrong. Could be wrong, that we believe.
One thing the board can trust, the whole county is still watching, closely, unlike Supervisor Bob Babyok’s lie that only a handful of site locals are opposed. Trust that, because we know we can’t trust you.
Editor’s note: This letter originally appeared in the January 31st edition of the Central Virginian, and has been reposted here, with the authors’ permission.
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