I Need a Tax Abatement

I try not to gripe about logistics (the lowest of low-hanging industrial fruits for a city on Route 88) as long as they stay in the designated warehousing “district” of Park 88. I make no such effort when it comes to the give-aways, especially coming on the heels of the hideous maneater called “Tax Assessment 2007,” another school referendum on the way and a recession looming.

DeKalb City Council Resolution 07-98:

DECLARING INTENT TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF PROPERTY LOCATED ON LOT 11 OF PARK 88.

The City Council passed this on Monday. It means that they are going to “play ball” by supplying tax abatements and fee waivers to a company that probably chose us months ago but that we don’t even get to know the name of yet.

Ah, for the day that someone says: “Fee waivers? Doesn’t that mean we’d need to raise fees for the residents? I don’t think so.”

Or: “If you care about our schools, you’ll pay your full freight from Day One.”

It’s tough to keep up morale. Some days, seems we cling to our middle-class dreams by the ravaged edges of our fingernails.