Here we go again in the village of Fredonia. Just when you thought it was safe to think the idea of a Local Development Corp. had gone away, it reappeared.
During last week's meeting, another pitch was made for a formation of the group by former trustee Susan Mackay. She said the group could help businesses grow in the village.
We are all for business development and understand why residents would think this is a good idea. But look around Western New York. How many development agencies are there in Niagara, Erie and Chautauqua counties?
You are talking about 20 of these - all competing against one another.
Adding development agencies - another arm of the village - to an area already overburdened by government is not the answer.
When will elected leaders get the hint? The problem is the high taxes that are being passed on to residents and businesses.
Our region does not need any more agencies that are "independent" but tied to government. Sooner or later, those agencies begin eating into payroll costs for everyone.
What does that mean? Oh yes, a favorite choice of elected municipal leaders: higher salaries, which lead to higher taxes.