Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tifs Drain Resources

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tifs Drain Resources

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I join letter writer Tyler Bickford in praising the recent school board vote against TIFs for a Strip District development ("The City School Board Was Right to Reject This TIF for the Strip," Dec. 18).

To my knowledge, no public official has challenged the ubiquitous granting of tax breaks and public subsidies to private developments since then-city Controller Tom Flaherty. From that era of Mayor Tom Murphy's grandiose development schemes, public officials have fallen over each other to grant tax relief or a generous helping public hand to every project that comes before them. One can't blame developers for asking for a handout, because everyone seems to get one!

Of course, every TIF, every public "incentive," drains the resources that support public services. …

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