Hi Mike, I was wondering what update you can give on the Marlin Building?
This is a project that we have been working on for 3 years. I am happy to report that the building has been sold but I cannot elaborate any further due to confidentiality agreements.
What I can say is that this spring, we will have a major announcement here regarding a new tenant that will be very good for North Haven.
What are your thoughts on Alan Sturtz and the incoming Sally Buemi?
I enjoyed working with Alan, he demonstrated to me that he cared about the town of North Haven like Tim and I do. I will always embrace the minority member of our Board when they demonstrate care about North Haven to me. I know that Sally alsocares about the town and I admire that about her, and I admire her passion for North Haven. I have spoken to her on several occasions and her sincerity comes across to me. I look forward to working with her. In general, my philosophy is to always treat the minority member with respect and courtesy, and listen to their points of view. I think that it is important to have those alternate points of view. There is only one thing that will ever change that philosophy and that is if I find that political games are being played. That is when I will relentlessly debate and expose those political games for the public to see. We never had that with Alan, and we will not have that with Sally. In my view, they both recognize that it is the town that is the most important thing that we have to focus in on, not political games.
Mr. Freda, You stated that you are looking to draw new businesses to North Haven with a “temporary Tax incentive plan” which to me is corporate welfare even thought the Governor’s plan hasn’t work.
Now I understand that North Haven needs to compete with other towns in CT and around the country to entice business to move here but how are you going to explain this type of favoritism towards new business when businesses who have been here in North Haven for many years have stayed here with out asking for any tax breaks or favors? I compare this to the a company like DISH, who will give new customers the very best price of a program package and a new IPad2 but don’t offer the same deal to an existing customer. Thank you
I will explain the concept the exact same way that I did in my corporate business career when I was trying to attract new clients in a highly competitive world in which other companies were vying for the same clients. That explanation included that the growth of the corporation, or in this case the town of North Haven, is critically important and that by bringing in new businesses it will help the existing businesses that we have, and help our residents. Here in North Haven, bringing in new businesses helps reduce the tax burden for both our residents and our current businesses
Additionally, once we determine what that tax incentive may be to help attract new businesses here, I would explain to the current businesses community that if they decided to embark on a major expansion, we may offer them the same incentive forany expansion that they do here in town.
Keep in mind that nothing is finalized on this and whatever we decide is the best approach, it will go to a town meeting for residents approval.
What statistics can you cite that indicate that property tax incentives work in attracting new businesses? Also, what do the statistics show regarding a company's long-term residency in towns where they have received an initial property tax incentive? Please cite your sources. Thank you.
We have no statistics that illustrate what you are asking. What we do have is a listing of other towns that do have tax incentives and what we do know is that as we are marketing the Pratt and Whitney site, companies like Amazon are asking for them, and are walking away to other towns that do have them. Let me be very clear and specific here, these tax incentives are not giveaways. They are designed to get us something that we would not have gotten. My objective is to offer a phase in over a short period of time so we can attract large entities, and then capture incremental tax revenue to the town that we would not have had if we did not offer a phase in. Also, when we look at this concept of a phase in, we still get the full building permit fees during the construction phase which could be very significant. If there is anyone that still does not understand this, I would ask you to call me at town hall and we can personally meet so I can explain it to you. I can be reached at 203-230-5321 or my cell phone number is 203-530-8689.
Thank you for the opportunity to answer your questions.