Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Whitehall Township Wants A CRIZ
Despite Whitehall's application being rejected in January it didn't deter commissioners from not trying again. The Morning Call is reporting Whitehall is closer to Community Revitalization Improvement Zone. WFMZ-TV is also now reporting "Whitehall Township commissioners forwarded a resolution Monday night to create the Whitehall Township Economic Development Authority.".
I don't think this is the best use for what CRIZ was created for. In my opinion there's seems to be plenty of areas far worse off and could use these funds much more then Whitehall Township.
This while Whitehall gained Macys, JC Penny and Wanamakers. And that was only the beginning.
As Allentown languished with conversion rentals a half a dozen new apartment complexes sprung up in the township over the following years plus numerous housing developments.
So pardon me if I'm a bit sour on the idea. With over the last 40 or 50 years of Whitehall's phenomenal growth why should they receive taxpayers' stimulus money over other areas that have not been as fortunate. Places like Reading, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton or other areas in the coal regions up North or to the other Western areas of Pennsylvania.
It seems to me Whitehall Township should have one hellva' tax base to work from. If not.. why not?