I thought of it when I learned three townships in eastern Howard County were deemed “economic revitalization areas,” even though they clearly did not fit the state’s definition as such. Again, isn’t this a misuse of the rule here? Was this only done as a prerequisite for the county to be able to approve the tax abatement requested by E.ON? In fact, according to E.ON, this abatement was a necessary condition guaranteed them in the contract it had entered into with the county in that economic development agreement we never got to vote on — an agreement that by definition is one negotiated out of the public eye.
Being told by officials later that this defining of an area is commonplace and happens all the time still doesn’t seem to make me feel that it is right. In fact, I would venture to say that I’m not alone here in thinking it is in fact wrong.
It has become clear to all who have attended meeting after meeting on the issue of this industrial wind turbine project that money was and is the driving force behind it. That’s a huge, large-scale green giant not easily harnessed anymore through our democratic processes. And though it’s been awhile since Mr. Motts taught me about democracy so many years ago in high school, I can’t for the life of me remember reading about money in the Constitution or how it should change the ways in which some things are done. Maybe I was absent that day.