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Letter to the editor

Give us a break Editor, The Sun: Now that our local government has avoided citizen input on the Comp Plan amendment, let's ask the questions that fiscally responsible people usually answer before acting on major issues: How will this big baking factory impact traffic on the small, rural Big Sink Pike? How will it affect our businesses' access to the Post Office? What will it do to the quality of life and the property values of Stonegate's residents? How will small businesses like ours who can't afford to pay $22 an hour compete for employees? How many of the 300-plus jobs will actually go to existing Woodford County residents? How much will this large development increase the unsolved flooding problems in that area? How will it affect the underlying aquifer? Who will pay for the new infrastructure on this undeveloped farmland? I'm frustrated that a big, out-of-state business gets tax breaks and incentive packages that aren't offered to existing local small businesses. If More Than a Bakery can afford to build a $57 million facility, it's doubtful that they need the tax break as much as we do. Attracting non-local companies that will send profits out-of-state, burden the local taxpayers with additional infrastructure, compete with local businesses for employees, and convert our scenic farmland to industrial uses doesn't seem like a great deal to me. I'm all for jobs, but I prefer ownership opportunities for local residents. If our government leaders and economic development planners would keep tax breaks and incentive packages at home, maybe we could expand and export homegrown brands instead of becoming mere employees for somebody's else's. Jane Marie Watts Frankfort

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