Dear editor:

There have been recent blogs and social media posts regarding the need for, and the use of economic development policies, which requires us to set the   record straight. Their examples of “growth” speaks to “population” growth.  Economic development work mainly focuses on commercial tax base and job growth. These are two entirely different things, and when your local Aransas County tax base ratio is 87/13 (87% residential and only 13% commercial) it is critical to have a plan to have a more balanced tax base so that homeowners don’t have to carry the burden to provide things like infrastructure and public services. By comparison, the state average ratio is 40/60.

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