Nobody realizes how many MILLIONS OF DOLLARS John Jacobs has
saved the West Vincent taxpayers
One of many things that John Jacobs is known for, besides being
an owner of Somerset Nursery, is his role as President of the
Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Association, a non-profit
organization. When West Vincent Township decided to take the 33
acre property by Eminent Domain, he had a duty to fight to
protect the privately held grounds from being taken. Not only a
duty to the Association, but a duty to himself because Eminent
Domain is something he strongly opposes, except in the most
drastic of instances.
I would bet that nobody has taken the time to realize how much
money the taxpayers were saved defeating the taking of the Horse
Show property. The savings were in the MILLIONS of dollars.
Consider the basic expenses:
Property Purchase. The government does not get the ground for
free, they have to pay the value. I understand the last
appraisal of the property was around $4,000,000.00
Attorney's fees. Coatesville spent over $3,000,000 in legal
when that city attempted to take private property for
Improvements: After acquiring the property, West Vincent would
have to invest more than $1,000,000 to the property to make the
proposed sports fields. Neighboring Upper Uwchlan Township
invested similar money into Hickory Park, an existing township
property. Their population is approximately 3 times larger than
West Vincent's. Upper Uwchlan also has a much larger tax base to
fund such projects.
Maintenance: Once in the public possession, the property must be
maintained. The township, for years, has not maintained Griffith
farm and is finally doing something to keep the barn from
deteriorating further. It would not be unusual to spend over
$50,000 per year in labor, materials, and insurance just for
upkeep of the Horsehow grounds with playing fields.
Taxes: Previously taxes from the 33 acre property were paid by a
private landholder. With Eminent Domain these tax OBLIGATIONS
would be a cost borne by the taxpayer.
John Jacobs saved the township taxpayers MILLIONS of dollars and
the public still has a beautiful and protected property on Route
100. Not only that, how does one put a price on saved history
and the 70 year tradition of the Horse Show?
Vote John Jacobs.
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