The Gazette posted an article on its website this morning that I think brings some clarity to the issue of the $4 million subsidy to Costco. It explains the county fund that this money would be coming from and also points out the amount of county funds that Westfield has received over the past few years for projects on their property.
The only item that I find surprising/confusing is that Ike Leggett was able to sign an agreement between the county and Westfield agreeing to give them $4 million prior to the county council approving any such funding. I readily admit that I'm not an expert on how these things work in the county, so maybe this isn't so unusual. Was there a disclaimer in the agreement saying that it was contigent on the council approving the funds?
I certainly don't have a problem with Wheaton receiving alot of the money from the county's Economic Development Fund, but I would prefer that this money goes towards projects that encourage use of public transit and create a more walkable downtown.