Originally Posted by bradykp
and there is the problem many towns face...everyone wants the cheap store to pick up their made-in-china junk, but they don't want all the negatives that come with the stores. lol good luck! i hope your town grows "smartly"
Originally Posted by tahiti
and they complain that taxes are so high but don't want any ratables to help offset them.
"I want what I want but I don't want to pay for it and I want my taxes to go down too"
I'm lucky with "my town" as the township is very large and was rather intelligently designed. We also have a massive industrial park and some industries located on the opposite side of the highway from where 95% of the town lives. It gives us a huge ratable base without the headaches. When the talk of Lowe's and Target started around here and that they may be placed in my township they logically decided to place them away from the major population centers, but at the intersection of two major highways. Growth in my town was exactly 10 people over the past decade, so rather stable.
The next town over is a different story, where they are throwing up housing like crazy and planning to build everything under the sun. It has been funny watching the same people who caused the boom by moving there, now getting up in arms that their property taxes are through the roof (250+% more kids in the schools) do to the lack of ratables, as the town only really has residential and that the traffic is getting worse on the two lane country roads that have to carry everyone to the highways to get to work. Yet those same people are the ones who lament the lack of Starbucks and a nearby Target.
Looking at the two towns side-by-side it is almost a case study in intelligent growth versus uncontrolled growth.