Buried on page 3 of the Daily Disappointment this morning was a story about a spin-up group wanting local tax money to promote the 2010 Census in G.I. The report went on to state that there are parts of our drive-by city that are "hard to count." They went on to identify the problem areas and that for a token $20,000.00 in "free tax money" from the EDC crowd and $70,000,00 from private sources...they will spray the city with advertising encouraging the locals...some not so local...to participate in the upcoming head count. The ulterior motive is to roll Grand Island's population over the 50K mark so it can become an "entitlement community"...qualifying the former Third City for more "free" federal and state tax dollars down the road. Hey...why not? It's "free money."
So where does the $90,000.00 ($20,000.00 "free" tax dollars)...if they collect that much...go? Well it goes to the local media of course. Talk about Stimulus II. Will the EDC reduce the "free tax money" proportionately if the private contributions fall short? I remember in the old days when there were free PSA's/ads played/printed in abundance when there was a need to benefit a community/organization. Obviously those old days are long forgotten.