Fishing

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In the Public Accountability Initiative based in Buffalo, NY, by Andrew Stecker and Kevin Conner the title ‘Fishing for Taxpayer Cash‘ stands out on the page.  Subtitle- ‘Bass Pro’s Record of Big League Subsidies, Failed Promises and the Consequences for Cities Across America.’  The report starts out, ‘This report offers an -in depth look at Bass Pro’s record as an economic development anchor in cities across the country.  In Key findings it is reported that Bass Pro-anchored projects throughout the country have won over $500 million dollars in taxpayer subsidies.   With an average cost of tax subsidies to build each store at about $29 million.

From the chart ‘Taxpayer Subsidies to BPS-Anchored Projects in Cities Across the Country’ reports, *Mesa, Arizona approved $84 million tax incentive in 2005, according to East Valley Tribune article, 11-5-2006.  *Manteca, California will pay $61 million according to The Record, ‘Ground broken for huge outdoor mall in Manteca.’  *Altoona, IA, tax increment finance revenue bonds will generate $56.47 million to develop a BPS building, according to ‘Bond Financing a Challenge,’ Business Recond 12-20-2008.  *Denham Springs, LA $50 million package aimed at BPS according to ‘BPS fishing for incentives nationwide,’ AP 5-24-2004.  * Decatur, AL city proposed to pay $14 million with $36 million in sales-tax abatements in constructing the BPS, according to ‘Contract Wins Unanimous Approval’  US Fed News, 7-29-2008.  *Buffalo, NY proposed public tab is $154 million, including $46 million for parking ramps and $35 million for BPS store, according to Buffalo News ‘Canal Side project’s public costs are put at $154 million’, 1-27-2010.   *Birmingham, AL $33 million in bonds according to ‘Bass Pro Shops store…’ AP, 11-18-2008.  *Bossier City, LA put up $32 million to land BPS according to ‘Bass Pro’s Mystique,’ Buffalo new 2-15-2004.  * Spanish Fort, AL tax support $30 million in bonds according to ‘Spanish Fort reels in cheap Bass Pro, Decatur Daily, 5-3-2008.  * Hanover County, VA issues up $28.5 million tax-free bonds according to ‘Bass Pro Eyes Site in Hanover,’ Times-Dispatch 10-24-2006.  *Harlingen, TX proposed to issue $26-28 million in sales tax revenue bonds to pay construction costs, according to ‘EDC explains BPS Deal,’ Valley Morning Star, 5-7-2010.  * Independence, Mo. financed $25 million in STIF financing 2006 for $70 million store, hotel and restaurant, according to ‘Skimming the Sales Tax,’ Good Jobs First.  *Augusta, GA proposed almost $25 million in financing according to ‘BPS construction delayed,’ Augusta Chronicle, 5-27-2009.  * Broken Arrow, Oklahoma package deal $24 million to bring BPS.  * Garland, TX voters approved $23.7 million in general obligation bonds, according to ‘Bass Pro fishing for incentives nationwide,’ AP 5-24-2004.  * Prattville, AL sales tax collections up to $23.37 million rebated to BPS for store construction according to Incentives Lure Retailers, but at what cost?’ Montgomery Advertiser, 10-20-2008.  *Portage, IN incentive package included $17.5 million from city and $2.5 million state incentives according to ‘Likely BPS in Rossford Raises Issues of Incentives,’ The Blade, 5-9-2006.  *Bakersfield, CA proposed city share of $19 million according to ‘Real estate column: Is interchange on a fast track or a cold freeze?’ Bakersfield.com published 2-28-2009.  Oklahoma City, OK offered $17.2 million to BPS according to ‘Bass Pro’s Mystique,’ Buffalo News.  *Council Bluffs, IA incentive package $20 million according to ‘Cabela’s see lure in Iowa incentives,’ Omaha World Herald, 6-3-2005.  *Hampton, VA pledged $10.8 million according to ‘Bass Pros’s Mystique,’ Buffalo News 2-15-2004.  *Pearl, MS sales tax rebates of $5.2 million, MDA awarded $3 million for project according to ‘Outdoor equipment store developer receive $8.1 million from state,’ AP 1-30-2004.  *Macon, GA incentive package of $7.7 million according to ‘Macon reels in Bass Pro,’ Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1-1-2005.  *Harrisburg, PA $7 million from state according to ‘Outdoor outfitters join hunt…’ Patriot News 11-14-2004.  * Rossford, OH $1 million from Ohio Division of Wildlife and Wood County refund 75 percent of 1 percent sales tax on sales for ten years or construction costs according to ‘Bass Pro Commits…’ The Blade 11-16-2006.

Thank you God for everything exactly the way it is today.  I love you God.

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