by Sam Hieb
Probably not. Boosters for the proposed $50 million downtown stadium triumphed in High Point’s municipal election, but what could they possibly say to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners to make then change their minds regarding their part in HP’s tax-increment financing plan?
Board Chairman Jeff Phillips doesn’t sound overly enthusiastic:
“We have said all along that we hope the project is extremely successful,” Phillips said. “However, from what I understand, the city is moving on without the county’s participation on the financing arrangements, which given their timeline and the fact that we have been so far apart in our previous discussions, I can certainly understand why they decided to do so.”
“Once new council members are sworn in, maybe new opportunities will develop to discuss other ways the county could be supportive of the project. I suppose that is yet to be seen,” he said.
Never too late for government–they do what they want and when they want to—but everyone needs to let this go. Guilford County is out. I personally applaud them for looking out for all their constituents.