County’s economic group a big failure

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently, the Board of Supervisors approved its 2018 Saratoga County budget and increased the SCPP funding to $808,000, despite no identifiable projects delivered with actual job and wage creation. Of the total, SCPP’s payroll has exploded to $434,000. This increase in salaries comes after a county-commissioned study in 2014 by national expert TIP Strategies called for a total budget of $478,000 and a staff budget of $269,000. Nearly doubling a budget for an organization that has shown no results is one reason the public is so cynical about organizations led by politicians.It doesn’t have to be this way. We have a 40-year-old proven entity producing results that is funded and led by the private sector. Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has helped stimulate $2.5 billion of project investment, 1,700 retained and created jobs and $47 million in new payroll in the same time frame that taxpayer-funded SCPP has produced nothing.I was fortunate to work for the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, and in that time I worked with SEDC on a number of successful projects. The staff at SEDC is a competent and hard-working group with a proven record of success in economic development. Our elected officials need to join with community-minded business leaders and end the failure that is the SCPP. It’s time to realign proper roles around market-led economic development while the county continues to support a positive taxpayer-friendly landscape for growth and invests limited funds to enhance community infrastructure needs or Main Street small business initiatives.We all want Saratoga County to continue to thrive and succeed. Saratoga County supervisors need to get back on the same page as the local business community and residents in order to foster future success.Brien F. HollowoodSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Recent reports have revealed that the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (SCPP) has had a stunning lack of meaningful economic development results for its three years of entirely taxpayer-funded activity. Saratoga County taxpayers, through their elected supervisors, have allowed $2.5 million of public funds to be spent with no meaningful new capital investment or job creation.last_img

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