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Urges long, hard look at Newbury proposal

August 29, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Letter to the Editor:

If the Newburg Living Apartments follows plans with action, their proposal may work. I don't know what the taxes would be and how many dollars of tax abatement has been requested. I do believe it is likely a very large amount of money and the City of Toledo should look long and hard at the proposal. I don't understand why a potentially for-profit business needs that size of tax abatement.

The City of Toledo should get some guarantees that the business has sufficient funds to deliver on its plan.

Also, I think the City of Toledo should put some conditions on any tax abatement they may likely give to the business, such as, the business will assure that only legal U. S. residents will reside in the apartments and the business will lose its tax abatement if the renters prove to be disruptive, law breakers and a burden to the Toledo Police and Tama County Sheriff organizations.

A person only needs to view the Marshalltown top 10 criminal list to see that foreign-born residents make up the list. Why should Toledo accept those types of residents into their city and give a significant tax abatement to the business?

Honest people will always be welcome to Toledo, but the proposed location of the apartments do not seem conducive for family-oriented individuals.

Novie White




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