Saratoga Prosperity Partnership
Opposition to funding for the failed Saratoga Prosperity Partnership
STOP WASTING MONEY!
From the Taxpayers of Saratoga County
To the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
Opposing the Funding for The Saratoga Prosperity Partnership.
We; the undersigned taxpayers are writing in opposition to funding for the
failed Saratoga Prosperity Partnership. As a fiscally conservative county
fostering a business-friendly environment, the spending on this enterprise
has proven to be another example of failed government led economic
Since 2015 when Saratoga County chartered the Saratoga Prosperity
Partnership, a government led economic development corporation, and fully
funded it from expanded taxing authority on hotels, it has spent nearly $4M
for its efforts.
Well documented public reports have revealed
excessive travel expenses
little demonstrated progress attracting new project investment and job
. In fact, according to the Times Union, throughout its nearly five years
of service only one project came to Waterford from Troy leading to just 12
This experiment in failed publicly funded economic development must end in
We are signing this petition calling on our election town Supervisors to
cut funding for the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership for 2020.
Spending $4 million collected from hotel occupancy taxes for next to no
economic impact is not acceptable.
Government-style bureaucracy is not an effective use of tax dollars.
Zero out the budget for this agency in favor of better investment in local
priorities like improving the county’s infrastructure.
, the Saratoga Prosperity Partnership has existed as the county’s economic
development corporation since 2015 and since that time collected
approximately $4M of taxpayer dollars, and
, the Saratoga Prosperity partnership has made no noticeable impact on job
growth in the county
, the funds used to subsidize Saratoga Prosperity Partnership could be put
to better use by paving roads or hiring police officers etc.
, Saratoga County is lucky enough to have a private economic development
corporation, SEDC, already in existence, creating jobs and providing
economic development with zero cost to the taxpayer.
Now therefore be it resolved
That we urge the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to defund the
Saratoga Prosperity Partnership, and
That we demand a return to fiscal responsibility which includes, putting
the funds earmarked for the Saratoga Prosperity Partnership to better use
throughout the county.
The undersigned pledge as informed, motivated and active citizens that we
will remain engaged to hold members of the Saratoga County Board of
Supervisors accountable for decisions that waste taxpayer dollars.