Independent Fiduciary Consultant, Economics and Financial Ethics

One who intends to leave others better off for his having existed.

3/2/12

It is my understanding that Robbie Perkins was the listing agent for the land where the parking lot is going.

Did Greensboro's City Council
know that Robbie profited from a land sale
that recieved taxpayer money?

REGULAR MEETING: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012

19. Resolution authorizing a loan of $200,000
...for development of a parking lot
to add approximately 180 parking spaces,
renovate a vacant building, open a new restaurant
and create approximately twelve new full and twenty part-time jobs
for the benefit of low and moderate income persons
in the Central Business District.

they gave Robbie Perkins a sweet tax break?

How does the Hondajet deal compare to Robbie Perkins' incentive tax break

on Robbie Perkins and Guilford County Commissioners

Chester Brown and Guilford County Commissioner Steve Arnold,



I gave John Hammer a packet with information about the incentives
voted on by Guilford's County Commissioners,
which I spoke of when Skip Alston received an extension on a loan
from the City of Greensboro the week before, which John Hammer never reported.

"Perkins got asked a question about land he sold
and the buyer got economic incentives to develop it.

Should John have mentioned the buyer was Chester Brown
of Brown Investment Properties
who represented Robbie's LLC for the grant three days before acquiring Robbie's property?

Didn't Chester speak at Robbie's mayoral bid kickoff

Should Greensboro's press have informed the public
that the property was under contract (per Robbie at the forum)
to be sold to Chester as Chester made the presentation to Guilford County
for Robbie?

He noted that he sold the land
and didn't benefit from the economic incentives from Guilford County..."


How could Robbie not have benefited from the incentive
if the property was suddenly worth another $124,504 after the grant was approved?

Was/is John Hammer too financially illiterate to figure out Robbie's benefit,
or did he not question the statement because it was in his own best interests
to support the status quo, regardless of the best interests of his readers?

Should John have informed the public
that Mr. Perkins didn't tell his constituents about his incentive request

Should John have reported that the incentives were supposed to be for "small businesses"?

Should John have informed the public that the project was already underway,
therefore possibly violating NCGS 158 -7.1 (a)
because the increase to taxable property was already established?

Should John have informed the public
that the request may have violated Guilford County's Commercial Investment Policy
which I gave him with highlighted excerpts at the forum,
which says among other things, that
"The applicant must be the record owner of the subject real property"?

Should John have reported why the grant was withdrawn in 2011,
which he was informed of at the forum?

George Hartzman

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Greensboro's Political Races are Rigged.

I believe the Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board
does some of the same thing Hammer does, only different.

The political contributions go to the candidates,
and then into John Hammer's pockets for advertising.

As long as the local media in Greensboro is batting for the imcumbants
and well connected business interests,
we are not going to get any where near positive jobs growth in our community.

If Greensboro's Oligarchy doesn't want new jobs,
we aren't going to get them.

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