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A burdensome legacy
Previously you have reported how after $10 million spent at Botetourt County’s Greenfield, little growth has occurred in its languishing industrial site of about 400 acres of developable land (“Report: Botetourt needs to do more,” June 26, 2010).
Historically, Bobby Layman initiated the $4.6 million purchase in Daleville in 1995 (“Layman left economic mark on county,” Nov. 24 news story). Despite the description given about the site and its facilities, commuters passing on U.S. 220 see only overgrown vegetation, with the technical center used as county office space. The “economic mark” left by Layman is a burdensome legacy, not an asset.
Capitalists contend real estate development is a private-sector matter and should not be funded from any public treasury. After 18 years, Greenfield occupies square one. The new tax burden of $120,000 for a memorial at Greenfield for a county surveyor is unjustified (“Botetourt Co. honors historical figure,” Oct. 24 news story). We taxpayers deserve better.