Why stop now?

OK, the $4.8 million incentives package passed by the Winston-Salem City Council for WFU Health Sciences might not seem like much, considering the fact that it’s on par with Randolph County’s $4 million package.

But keep reading:

County commissioners are expected to take up a proposal for $6.7 million at their meeting Monday, with terms similar to the agreement the city approved…..

Health Sciences estimates that it will need $34 million for roads and other infrastructure in the next three years and between $45 million and $50 million over the next 10 years, said Dr. Richard Dean, the chief executive of Health Sciences.

So far, Health Sciences has about $20 million committed from federal, state and local sources, including last night’s city-council vote, Dean said.

Between $12 million and $13 million could come from pending requests, which include requests to a state economic-development fund and to Forsyth County, he said.

Nothing but dollar signs and millions in that passage. But there’s more:

Toward the end of the meeting, the city council went into closed session.

Mayor Allen Joines said that council members talked about an economic-development project and asked city staff to keep working on it, with the goal of bringing a recommendation to the council for discussion at its meeting Dec. 18.

They’re on a roll in Forsyth County. Why should they stop now?

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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