WTOL EDITORIAL: Time to cut funds to LCIC

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

The Lucas County Improvement Corporation, or LCIC has failed to produce. The time has come to cut the funding. And it's a lot of money. The LCIC costs way more than $500,000 per year.

Given the size of that investment, the Lucas County taxpayers have been patient. But the return has been weak. Instead of real growth and jobs, the news the LCIC most often generates is story after story dealing with political finger pointing and management problems.  You know what, enough already.

Right now, the Lucas County Commissioners are deciding if they should provide even more money to the LCIC. Commissioner Ben Konop recently declared his strong opposition, and in this case, he's right. Even though the model of the LCIC works in other regions, here, it became just another ineffective political tool.

The LCIC did not deliver on in its primary mission. Taxpayers need to rise up and flood the Commissioners with emails and phone calls that demand the end of the funding. The LCIC had its chance and failed. I wish it were otherwise.