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Not all support casino in town of Florida With all of the hype surrounding the proposed casino in the town of Florida, one would think that everyone in the town supports it. This is not the case. There are many, including myself, who strongly oppose the construction and operation of a casino in the town. The town of Florida was established in 1793 as an agricultural community. It prides itself as a rural town scattered ...

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July 5, 2014
8:55 a.m.

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I have to agree with much of what you have to say, but the fact remains that the Town needs revenue to survive. The residential homes carry the largest property tax burden of any town in the county and we have NO town tax. One main reason for that is the number of ag exemptions allowed on farm properties. No stones being thrown here, farming is a profession most of us would never want to tackle because of the hours alone and tax concessions are warranted, but it is what it is. If we want to maintain our rural atmosphere we need some tax paying entities. The casino, as planned, will not encroach on the town more than a few hundred yards down Rt.30. If there is some commercial development, good for us. I would love to see a market that offered better pricing than the convenience stores, and housing at the site and a hotel will help with our sales tax revenue.

There's an often used comment "take a chance, Columbus did" that comes into play here. If we do nothing, we get nothing. If we do something, maybe we'll get something. We can and will control any future projects because we DO want to protect what we have, but we have to look to the possibilities at hand. Our Industrial Parks will, in short time, be generating tax revenue. The problem is that that revenue will be bound for the county because we have no town tax (which is what I hope continues) so the trickle down from this revenue to the town will be minumul. We need our own sources of revenue.