Sunday, April 4, 2010
Chester Brown and Guilford County Commissioner Steve Arnold , We Know Who You Are, Video Embedded
At the March 4, 2010 Guilford County Commissioners meeting there was an agenda item below in regards to a new policy from the Guilford County Commissioners called the Guilford County Commercial Investment Policy Program.Below is part of the application from Granite Church Street LLC.
Guilford County Commercial Investment Policy Program - Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving public input on a request that the Commissioners consider awarding an investment grant for each year for three (3) consecutive years to Granite Church Street, LLC for improvements consisting of a shopping center and retail shops at 5820-5828 Church Street. The investment grant for each of the three (3) years may be an amount up to 0.7374% of the increase in County property tax base over the amount of the property tax base prior to the qualified improvements. The projected real investment for this project based on applicant's information is estimated to be $5,628,079 with an anticipated new job creation of 164
HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON GUILFORD COUNTY COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT POLICY, after which take the following actions:
1. Consider a commercial investment grant for Granite Church Street, LLC for its development at 5820-5828 Church Street for three (3) consecutive years. Consistent with the Commercial Investmnet Policy, the investment grant for each of the three (3) years may be an amount up to 0.7374% of the actual increase in County property tax base over the amount of the property tax base prior to the qualified improvements. The investment grant for this project based upon applicant's information is estimated to be $41,504 per year (an estimated total of $124,504 for three years).
2. Authorize the County Manager to execute an agreement consistent with the Guilford County Commercial Investment Policy to provide public funds in an amount up to 0.7374% of the actual increase in County property tax base over the amount of the property tax base prior to the qualified improvements. Terms of agreement consistent with Commercial Investment Policy and subject to staff approval.
The Greensboro News & Record had a article out with a title "Incentives Lose Favor in Tough Times" CLICKHERE . Then we find out from Vie De Malchance about just who is a part of the Granite Church Street LLC, CLICKHERE with pictures of the proposed development in question called The Shoppes at Gunter's Crossing.
Why are we giving away taxpayer money to a project that is already going to be built and is in the process of getting built. This whole policy could be illegal anyway just check out this article in business journal CLICKHERE . Also in this article in the business journal it states this"Ernie Pearson, a Raleigh-based attorney for Nexsen Pruet, has been working with the county on its proposal." How much wasted taxpayers money did it cost to use this law firm ?Let's give the award to outgoing Guilford County Commissioner Steve Arnold for the PORKER AWARD given to a local government official who wants to waste government money on crap like this investment policy. Thanks for this gift out the door to your development cronies.
Look at the first recipients of this policy it takes Chester Brown who is with Brown Investment Properties and looking at the Granite Church LLC is not even a owner to come in front of the county as their representative.Then we come to find out that Greensboro City Council member Robbie Perkins is a part of the ownership team along John Stratton who had a contentious rezoning case with property on the corner of cornwallis and elm street in Greensboro here is a post about the relationship of Stratton and another Greensboro council member Zack Matheny CLICKHERE
In the video above you will hear County Commissioner Steve Arnold say this about Chester Brown," please state you name and address although i am sure we all already know".The cozy relationship between developers and the Guilford County Commissioners can be summed up plenty in what Steve Arnold said above.We already know who you are there Chester Brown and with other developers on the county board in Mike Winstead, ex developer Steve Arnold, real estate broker Skip Alston, real estate appraiser Kirk Perkins,real estate broker John Parks, Billy Yow well driller for the developers and last but not least Linda Shaw who is not a developer but sure is cozy with them .
It is time to shine a little light on our Guilford County Commissioners because in a upcoming post you will see how Commissioner Billy Yow tried to take the ethical step in recuse himself from the above incentive grant but Commissioner Kirk Perkins could not understand what a conflict of interest was and is. More post to come on this issue.