Seneca County Commissioners Debate Merits Of Economic Development Group

6/27/18 – 6:50 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners voted Tuesday to increase funding for the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation, but not without some debate. The Review-Times reports Commissioner Shayne Thomas voted against the measure. Thomas had concerns that the SIEDC doesn’t benefit the rural areas of Seneca County. He lobbied to change the scope of expectations for the group. However, the commissioners voted 2-1 to spend $67,000 per year with the SIEDC.

Thomas went as far as to call for opening up bids for economic development to other agencies. Commissioner Mike Kerschner called the request “absurd.” Kerschner said he believed the move was vindictive and a response to the SIEDC not fully supporting a controversial wind project in eastern Seneca County.

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