Yesterday we discussed Mr. Pollitt's proposed $250,000 funding for the vague purpose of "economic development" to be administered by unidentified "business advisors" and dispersed as "grants" to unspecified recipients to use for unspecified purposes. See our earlier post here: http://sbynews.blogspot.com/2014/05/bigger-wicomico-county-slush-fund.html.
Since then we have learned that the actual use of the some of that money and how it will be dispersed has already been decided. At last night's Wicomico County Council meeting, Joe Holloway mentioned that they have learned Mr. Pollitt proposes to use $100,000 to pay the County's impact fee on residential development – currently about $5,000 for a single-family home.
Instead of suspending the impact fee tax as other counties and towns including Salisbury and Fruitland have done – which Bob Culver has requested -- Mr. Pollitt wants the taxpayers to pay the fee, using money generated by the tax increase that Mr. Pollitt has also proposed in his latest budget that the County could apply to road repair, and other public benefits.
This proposal is unbelievable, but true. It is like, to mask the pain from shooting yourself in the foot, shooting yourself in the other foot. Mr. Pollitt must consider the impact fee "too good to stop” and want Wicomico County taxpayers to have the pleasure of paying it. They should be outraged.
That leaves $150,000 of the proposed funding. When Joe Holloway asked if the administration could let the Council know about Mr. Pollitt's plan for spending that, the response suggests that the money is already earmarked. What else is being hidden from public scrutiny by Mr. Pollitt?