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Good Idea, not now

Jim Kayton
Posted 3/23/21

To the editor:

As a former business owner in Sullivan County for 32 years, I was surprised to read (Sullivan County Democrat, 3/16/21) about the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway proposal to expand its …

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Good Idea, not now

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To the editor:

As a former business owner in Sullivan County for 32 years, I was surprised to read (Sullivan County Democrat, 3/16/21) about the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway proposal to expand its venue using additional funds from the County.

The year has seen the Covid-19 virus adversely impact a significant number of County-based businesses, causing some to close and employees to be furloughed. The request to quadruple County funding to the UDSB seems ill-timed at best. This is not so much a time to expand as it is to consolidate and maintain.

Perhaps funding grants or providing temporary tax abatements to assist businesses devastated by Covid-19 would be more prudent than creating two new paid positions where, for years, volunteerism has filled the need.

Let's support our hard-pressed business community. When businesses are stronger and revenues increase, then proposals such as the one UDSB suggests can be considered.

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