Quotes from Dr. Jones response to the Dallas Morning News:
“I oppose the Council’s apparent philosophy of paying companies to stay in Duncanville”. My Response: The state of Texas during the decade of the 1990’s passed a law allowing cities the ability to use sales tax for economic and community development. So, in the eyes of Texas, it’s ok to “pay” companies to locate or stay in a city. One of our top three sales taxpayers was approached by Mabank, Texas to expand a plant in their area and also move their headquarters there. We countered the offer, and the result is Duncanville keeps a major industry and also gets the additional sales tax generated by the new plant in Mabank. Why? In our area, the Cities with the lowest property tax rate have a high business presence (Grapevine, Southlake). Duncanville’s property tax base is 67% residential and 33% commercial. We need more businesses to help the homeowners provide the resources for quality City services. The cities in our area with the highest tax rates are primarily bedroom communities. Since I have been on Council, businesses added to our community include EON Reality (the world’s largest virtual reality software developer), Win Co, Walgreens, Wingstop, Louisiana King Crab, and the Rocking Crab. I prefer more business development, not less. Do you agree?
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