To the editor:
Recently the Hertz Corporation signed a deal to move its headquarters to Lee County, Florida. At a meeting in Miami I just attended, I was approached by citizens from Collier County who thanked the Lee County Commission for bringing Hertz to their area - Naples. They were thankful that Hertz located its temporary offices there, improving their economy by living, shopping and dining there. I have several concerns about the way this deal was transacted.
The deal was created by Lee County Economic Development Office, Enterprise Florida and signed by the Lee County Commission.
I am concerned that the deal made with Hertz did not include a requirement that the temporary headquarters would be housed in Lee County. This happened despite the deal being funded by Lee County Taxpayers. Lee County has numerous desirable commercial office spaces available that would have been suitable. If Hertz had selected a Lee County site for its temporary headquarters we would be receiving the economic benefits now going to our neighboring county.
When conducting any business using taxpayer money, it is imperative that our representatives set boundaries and clarify the details and parameters in which any deal will be honored. The boundaries should include the provision that temporary as well as permanent facilities be within Lee County where local business will reap the benefits from the beginning.
It is important that taxpayers be vigilant and informed on how their hard-earned dollars are being spent.