The naysayers were out again whining about a tax break for a company willing to expand El Paso's tax base and enlarge the city/county/state haul of tax revenues. You'll never ever be able to explain to these people what's going on here.
In a nutshell the city is foregoing money it would never have had in exchange for a ton more money they wouldn't have had either. It's like someone offering you $100 if you don't make them pay $50.
A $41 million dollar building will bring much more than $1 million in the lost property taxes over 10 years - and that's all by itself. Let's not forget nearly 1,000 El Pasoans have lost their better than average paying jobs this year with companies decamping from the Sun City left and right. Putting money in people's pockets in El Paso increases the tax base and is a much more effective way of increasing tax revenues than chasing off companies who want a break.
The naysayers are the people who would open a car dealership and chase off customers who want free coffee before they buy a car. You can afford the coffee in exchange for the profit on the car.
Also, I'm sure ADP will be hiring nothing but local El Pasoans. My wife worked at ADP for a while and enjoyed her time there. She did relate that the families relocated to El Paso absolutely hated it there. Long-time employees up and quit with no job to go to in order to get out of El Paso. So you can guarantee the company knows who it will be hiring and what those new hires expect.
This is a good deal for El Paso. Not all jobs are of the stock broker or CEO type and you people need to get that through your thick heads. Nobody has to be in El Paso - you have no corner on geography or minerals or manpower to force companies to locate there. You have to help them to help yourselves.
As for the city's state legislative agenda.... WHO CARES?
I know nobody in Austin cares and your delegation representing the area is about as powerful as a fly fart in Austin. The city and county ought to have one legislative priority each session - please don't give El Paso County to New Mexico in exchange for three goats and old swayback mare.
El Paso isn't going to push the state to raise the sales tax or any other tax. And they especially won't do it if they hear it's because the city that got a billion dollars in TxDOT funding still can't get its roads fixed.
I don't even know why I'm taking the time to explain this. It's a nonstarter. El Paso having a lobbyist in Austin is about useful as having one at the Kremlin. It's a waste of money because your delegation is made up of democrats. The Texas house and senate and everything else is Republican. The bad news is that they are going to be even more Republican come January.
EL PASO DOES NOT EXIST IN AUSTIN.
So, for any of you to take the time to whine about council wanting to raise taxes - it's a complete waste of time.
Yes, council is stupid for not cutting staff and services. They will figure this out and it won't involve the Texas legislature. The next election is going to be a bloodbath for incumbents. Anyone who voted for the budget is gone. You can't defend it. You have to cut it. Their opponents will have a big 'ol bat to whack them with and they won't be able to get up.
Maybe next you guys will be worried about City Council's wishes for the space program.