This morning’s newspaper reported that the developer of the office building project paid delinquent real estate taxes on properties it owns in the city.
The taxes, penalty and interest on more than a dozen properties were paid for properties the company owns in Broad Creek, a development in central Norfolk in which the city has torn down two public housing projects and is replacing them with mixed-income housing. Tivest Development was as much as six months behind on some of the properties, according to the Norfolk treasurer’s office.
The issue was raised by Norfolk resident Michael Amland on Saturday at a town hall meeting organized by three council members opposed to more subsidies for the office tower.
Wendy Petchel, an accounting supervisor in the treasurer’s office, said the taxes were paid either late Friday or early Monday.
“I can’t tell” from paperwork which day the money was paid, she wrote in an e-mail Monday afternoon.
This is just the latest in a saga that the editorial board called this morning “a mediocre one at the start” that “has worsened annually.”
The bottom line for me is this: in economic times that have yet to improve, facing budget shortfalls and cutbacks in nearly all agencies, not to mention the potential for higher real estate taxes, Norfolk simply cannot afford to do this deal.
To Norfolk council I repeat: just say no.
To Norfolk residents – if you can attend today’s council meeting at 2:30pm (I can’t – I have to work), please do so.