The following was sent by Lakewood resident Steve Willson:
Attached please find a copy of the memo written in response to my questions of the consultant Lakewood hired to approve the TIF district.
He has reviewed around 50 TIF districts. He’s never turned down a single one.
And he’s never gone back to see if the TIFs actually resulted in more development than would have occurred otherwise, the essence of the “but for” test, the job for which he was hired.
As I said in my letter, can you imagine going to a surgeon and asking him how many patients he has operated on and he answered, “All of them”, and then, when you asked him how many recovered he responded, “I don’t know. I never checked.”
I don’t think you’d become his patient!