Archive for October, 2010
On behalf of the EDC Board of Directors, I am urging you to vote “NO” on Amendment 4 on November 2, 2010. I have also included some important information that may help you make an informed decision on election day.
What is Amendment 4?
Amendment 4 is a proposed amendment of Florida’s constitution which would require taxpayer-funded referenda on all changes to local government comprehensive plans. In other words, this “Vote on Everything” amendment would force Floridians – not the representatives they elect – to decide hundreds of technical comprehensive plan changes each year.
Amendment 4 will impact “the whole economy of Florida,” says WEG. The study goes on to indicate that, under Amendment 4, “Florida’s economic dynamism is lost. [Amendment 4] would permanently impact the economic growth potential for Florida, causing a steady decline in the standard of living of all Florida residents. Further, permanently impacting employment and growth within major industries and job-generating activities.
Ultimately, Amendment 4 would “force local and state governments to either raise taxes or cut services. Public schools, public safety and local health care services would suffer from both the direct impact of Amendment 4 (delay construction until the next election) and the indirect impact of fewer tax revenues from which to fund needed operations and capital investments.
The study goes on to conclude that “Amendment 4’s passage will have potentially devastating consequences to Florida’s economy at a time when the economic situation at both the state and national levels is uncertain and at a time when attracting new businesses to Florida is essential for the future recovery and prosperity of the state and its residents.”
The EDC joined with co-sponsors Progress Energy and the Heart of Florida Coalition to host three national site location consultants as they visited Ocala/Marion County to learn more about our community.
The primary focus of a site location consultant is to recommend specific communities and properties to their client companies interested in business expansion or relocation.
The consultants were greeted by representatives from the EDC, Progress Energy, and the City and County. During their stay, they toured Downtown Ocala, various commercial properties, and business parks which included the Ocala Business Park and the Magna property. They also received detailed information on our local workforce talent.
By all accounts, the consultants were impressed with this community’s locational assets and enthusiastic about working with the EDC and its partners on specific facilities and business parks to bring new business and jobs to Ocala/Marion County.