Chrin had a good argument. For one thing, he was willing to pay for the cost of an Interchange along Route 33 near Tatamy. Even more importantly, it was expected to produce 3,500 jobs. But it gobbles up 689 acre of farmland.
The TIF had already been approved by Palmer Township and the Easton School District. But the County had to sign off as well.
"Nobody else could have done it," Stoffa told the Farmland Preservation Board the following year.
"It's not easy dealing with Charlie Chrin," said Board member Bob Doerr.
"It's much harder dealing with me," wisecracked Angle.
It is now 2017. How much money has been generated as a result of this deal?
Ken Kraft asked that question nearly two months ago. He finally got an answer of sorts at Thursday night's economic development committee meeting.
According to Department of Community and Economic Development Director Tim Herrlinger, the county has received $204,000 since 2012 from the sale of five lots. Of course, there are many more lots to be sold so I suspect that $2 million figure will be reached.
Herrlinger said his figure is "subject to audit." Translated, that means he's unsure.
Sure or not, there's $204,000 that belongs in farmland preservation instead of anywhere else. John Brown failed to include that sum in his budget for farmland preservation and needs to do so.