Letter: No justification for costly spec building

To the editor:

I was shocked to read that the City of Greenfield is going to construct a spec building at a cost of $2,500,000 in the hope that someday somebody might be interested in occupying it. And after the taxpayers have spent that money for the benefit of a company, the company will undoubtedly ask for property tax abatement, so we won’t be getting our money back.

If there is anything our Republican Mayor Chuck Fewell should stand for, it’s the Republican belief that the private sector do more and the government do less, especially when it comes to using our tax dollars as a subsidy for privately owned companies.

It’s not like we need jobs here. Our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country. And almost half of the jobs at our already existing companies are filled by those who live out of county.

I could understand it if New Castle or Anderson might consider doing this because they have high unemployment. But Mayor Fewell has no justification to support this highly speculative expenditure with taxpayer money.

Nile Black