Grants for projects still come with a cost

Posted: Jul. 14, 2014 8:25 am Updated: Aug. 4, 2014 12:15 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

Quincy and the state of Illinois just lost another 50 jobs with the announced move of Quincy Compressor.

I'm sure the union will get an unfair share of the blame, but as reported in The Herald-Whig in the July 2 paper there wasn't a significant difference in the hourly wage. I believe the state expenses of workman's comp costs and taxes were more likely to be a bigger issue. It seems many do not believe state grants are tax money because it is often reportedly said that "taxes won't be increased because most of the expenses are covered by a state grant."

Remember that statement and the people that vote to spend money on unnecessary projects like $5 million on a power plant, thousands of dollars on bridge lights or street changes that are unnecessary or not worthy of the costs.

When an engineer visits your city or county board with news of grant money that can pay for a project you may use, weigh the value or real need. He may be thinking of you needs or he just be looking for a job. An excellent example may be the power plant. A city of the size of Quincy has little business getting involved in a project of that magnitude; they couldn't even get the process involving the permits correct. Ask yourself who made money on that venture and who brought the idea to the table to begin with.

Every day we hear how broke Illinois is, and every day I see projects that, I believe, are not necessary being announced. The grant money is set aside for such things but that doesn't mean all projects are worthy. Those administering them should be more reluctant to approve them unless it is a necessity when we are in such poor financial position. We don't have to spend it.

Duayne Wagner


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