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When A Donation Isn’t: Frontier’s Contribution to Aerospace Park Was In Lieu of Tax Payment

Phillip Dampier January 24, 2011 Editorial & Site News, Frontier 3 Comments
Credit: Marshall Staton/WBTW

WBTW's Marshall Staton snapped this picture of Frontier's oversized "donation" check, which was actually a payment made in lieu of taxes.

When is a charitable contribution not charity?  When it is made in lieu of paying taxes to a local community.

Frontier Communications milked publicity for its $300,000 check presented to Horry County, S.C., officials Friday, designated to help build the Myrtle Beach International Technology and Aerospace Park.

Frontier’s Ken Arndt, president of the company’s southeast region was on hand to deliver the super-sized check.

“Our contribution recognizes the County’s technological foresight and leadership,” Arndt said .  “Frontier is committed to offering the best in residential, business and enterprise communications to the communities it serves and will continue our community support as our business grows in Myrtle Beach and South Carolina.”

If Arndt graciously told Horry County officials it was nothing, he meant it.

Through the Rural Development Act, companies are allowed to make a contribution to the counties they serve instead of turning those funds over to tax collectors.

Horry County plans to break ground on the park in the spring, hoping to have the high-tech business park up and running by the fall.

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JoeIllinois
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Too bad that Frontier’s commitment to “the best in residential, business, and enterprise communications to the communities it serves.” does NOT include a commitment to FiOS and fiberoptics expansion!

Also, I believe that Myrtle Beach, SC, is one of the FiOS locations, but is unique in that it does NOT offer the pay TV option. That is unlike Fort Wayne, suburban Portland, and suburban Seattle.

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I fail to see how this is such a bad thing. I take exemptions on my taxes to decrease what I have to hand over. Are we saying that business can’t take advantage of similar rules?

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