IDA director spoke for himself

To the editor:

As chairman of the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency, I would like to clarify that recent comments and questions made by IDA director Paul Hogan at the bed tax public hearing on Jan. 17, 2013, were not made on behalf of the Franklin County IDA.

The FCIDA board has been cooperating with the county in implementing a new structure for tourism, and county Manager Tom Leitz and the legislators have been sensitive to the IDA during this process. Recognizing that tourism is such an economic driver in our area, we all have an interest in a smooth transition.

Joseph D. Perry