folc.ca's comment on HAZCO's answer to FAQ #40
Note: The background text in the following was copied from the Frequently-asked Questions page at HAZCO's website, Nov. 2, 2005. HAZCO's answers to "frequently asked questions" deserve further comments. Those comments are inserted where required in HAZCO's text and are shown on yellow background.
From HAZCO's FAQ web page (quoted verbatim):
FAQ #40. What impact do you think your facility will have on attracting other industrial developments in the community?
Hazco can not comment on the intent of other industries moving to Lamont County.
Of course HAZCO will provide that answer to the stated question. To do otherwise would harm HAZCO's cause.
It would be a great mistake for any resident of our County not to comment and worry about what impact HAZCO's proposed sulphur plant would have. It is our future and that of our children and grandchildren that is at stake.
It is not just well-paying industry that the County must attract to avoid being painted yellow with sulphur. The County must attract more residents, people with families — children, to keep our schools and other social facilities viable, open and operational.
Already, on account of HAZCO's proposal, some people openly decided not to locate their families and homes in the County of Lamont.
What will happen if HAZCO's plans will be given the go-ahead? An escalating lack of prospective buyers will result from that. An increasing lack of buyers — industrial as well as residential — will cause property values to drop. Dropping property values will inevitably cause lenders to call in their loans.
An accelerating exodus of residents will result from that, while properties will be sold at fire-sale prices. Some people will wind up going bankrupt over that.
There will be fewer people to pay taxes, but their individual tax payments will have to increase to carry the costs of running the County and fewer people sharing those costs. If just a few families decide not to move into our County and others move out, it will not take very many at all for there being a net loss in tax income for the County. There will be fewer volunteers, a shrinking number of children attending our schools, school closures, business closures and more such consequences.
That will be the end of all hopes for our County ever to thrive. The sulphur piles will be the County's head stones.
The fence-sitting by our Councillors must come to an end before that fate becomes not just a projection of a bad nightmarish scenario but reality.
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