Here's an exerpt from the Oct 20th 2015 Greenville County Council Minutes:
Project Blue Sky / Inducement and Millage Rate Agreement
Councilor Kirven moved for adoption a resolution authorizing an inducement and millage rate agreement between Greenville County, South Carolina and Project Blue Sky relating to the County's execution and delivery of a fee in lieu of tax agreement and an infrastructure improvement credit related to the fees in lieu of taxes thereunder pursuant to Title 12, Chapter 44, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended, and the placement of certain properties in a multi-county industrial/business development park established by the county.
Councilor Burns moved to refer the item back to the Finance Committee as the language used in the resolution and the inducement agreement did not provide callback provisions. He felt there needed to be ongoing discussions on how the County would handle that.
Councilor Payne asked if a delay would create problems and impede the progress of the project.
Councilor Burns stated he was not aware of any problems a delay would cause.
Councilor Payne asked if the Finance Committee had sent the item forward.
Greenville County Council
October 20, 2015
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Councilor Kirven confirmed the Finance Committee had sent the item forward.
Motion to return the item to the Finance Committee was approved by roll call vote of eight (Dill, Baldwin, Meadows, Cates, Burns, Norris, Seman, and Gibson) in favor and four (Taylor, Ballard, Kirven, and Payne) in opposition.
[Term "fees in lieu of taxes" (a.k.a. - PILOT) simply means "[When] an incentive for investment in taxable infrastructure or other facilities that creates a public benefit, a PILOT may be negotiated to limit or defer the property taxes on a developer, striking a balance between public and private economic needs. In effect, the local taxpayers are subsidizing the development, which might otherwise have gone elsewhere." -- Note: Lynn Ballard voted AGAINST this PILOT from going back to the Finance Committee. In other words, Lynn Ballard's vote proved he was willing to move this business matter forward, ultimately producing a situation whereby "the local taxpayers [will be] subsidizing the development."]
Did I not forewarn voters that Lynn Ballard was a "Chamber of Commerce Crony?" But the voters listened to Nate Leupp who had, in Nate's own words, "vetted Lynn Ballard" on where he stood on issues. But this same Nate never once "vetted" me, though he did hear me give a campaign speech at the "RINO Hunt" meeting at Denny's in late March of 2014; thus being proved that I was the more conservative choice for Greenville County's District 26.
Shalom, ~Todd W Frederick