“The four-page insert is one big lie,” says David Heim, Democratic candidate for First Selectman. He adds: “The insert shows photos of 17 projects in Oxford and makes it seem as if George Temple and his Economic Development Director had a hand in them. They did not. And a document on the town’s own web site proves that they did not.”
Heim adds: “Neither Temple nor his Economic Development Director seem to have bothered reading that document. It details the truth about these economic development projects. Will someone please tell George Temple that his pants are on fire?”
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Heim says: “The facts are clear: Even though he said it was his top priority when he ran for office, Temple has done nothing to bring new commercial and industrial development to Oxford, broadening the tax base. And that means homeowners have to pay for Temple’s big spending increases. The Industrial Grand List has dropped 2.7 percent under George Temple; in the six years before he took office, it nearly doubled. If Temple doesn’t want the voters of Oxford to know the truth about his economic development record, how can he be trusted to run the town responsibly?”
These are the worst falsehoods in the flyer:
Oxford Greens. This over-55 residential development is shown twice. The project was approved in 2004. It has nothing to do with commercial or industrial development. George Temple had nothing to do with its approval or its current expansion.
Cavalry Brewing. This business came to town before Temple took office.
B. United International. This company moved to Oxford in 2008 and has periodically added on to its building. The most recent addition was begun before Temple took office.
Xenon Arch Lighting. The town approved this project in 2007. Temple had nothing to do with it.
New Roller Bearing Corp. Building. The town approved this project in 2007. Temple had nothing to do with it.
Farrell Pomini. This business moved to town before Temple took office.
A.D.Z. @ Oxford Airport. This refers to the new economic development zone that Gov. Dannel Malloy recently established. The impetus for this zone came from Temple’s predecessor and from State Sen. Rob Kane, not from George Temple.
Oxford Airport New Hangar. This project was in development before Temple took office. But Temple’s refusal to sell a site to the project’s developer may well have spoiled relations between the town and the developer.
Balfor Industries Inc. This company purchased its building before Temple took office. Temple had no role in Balfor’s decision to locate in Oxford.