Toyota has challenged business as usual at City Hall.
Instead of asking for huge tax breaks which it certainly would have been granted, Toyota volunteered to pay not only what would come due in time, but more than $60-million it would never owe! Sixty-plus million, *voluntarily pledged to schools and the city. Toyota could have won a hospital district tax abatement: Toyota said no, well pay, thank you.
Compare that with what city council is scheduled to vote on later this week. A big and respected local **company will spend less than $12-million to expand warehouse facilities. The company is asking for tax abatements in excess of $600-thousand.
Before Toyota, that would have looked like a pretty fair business as usual handout of your tax money. Now, in comparison, it looks embarrassingly unnecessary.
Curious about who on city council has received donations from the local company thats asking for the tax break? Go to the San Antonio city website and check campaign contribution reports. Youll be stymied, because the citys website does its utmost to make campaign donation research impractical. More about that another time.
How will council vote on the tax abatement for the local company, after Toyota has set the admirable no-giveaway example? Council will vote yes for the giveaway, Im sure. After all, who really cares? Its only your money.
Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.