I really want the State Tax Commission to stay in Clinton. Really I do.
As a Clintonian, I understand the value added by having this large group of people in town every day. They add measurably to the town’s economy, but it’s also a sign of status to have this government agency within our borders.
The building they are currently occupying is quite unappealing. I’ve never been inside, but just driving by leaves me depressed. Basically, it’s just a big metal building in the middle of an industrial section of town. Surely such dismal surroundings weigh on the attitudes of employees. Of course, maybe you want your tax employees to be surly.
Regardless, it’s time for them to find a permanent home. And there’s the rub. As a resident of Clinton, I want them to stay. The old WorldCom building is quite a step up. Choose us!
But as a Mississippian, I’m not sure this is the best choice. First and foremost, the decision should be a financial one. Which location would give taxpayers the most for their money? In a town full of avowed fiscal conservatives, I’m shocked that no one bothered to do the math on this one. Meanwhile, we have the facts and figures on the Landmark building in Jackson. It looks like an obvious choice.
But even if we put pencil to paper and find Clinton is an even match, I still have to wonder about the wisdom of such a choice. Surely, state agencies should be located within the borders of the state capitol. The only time we should consider doing otherwise goes back to my original point — money.
I really want the State Tax Commission to stay in Clinton, but I’m siding with Jackson on this one. It’s the Capitol City. It’s the best fiscal choice. It just makes sense.
Of course, after my neighbors read this, I may have to move!
» Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, is president of New Perspectives Inc. in Ridgeland — (601) 991-3158. She is also an assistant professor of finance at Mississippi College. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and her website is www.newper.com.