It’s no surprise that the newly reconfigured Oro Valley Town Council has denied a $360,000 construction tax rebate for Sanofi-Aventis, the pharmaceutical company building a $60 million-ish, energy- and environmentally conservative building in Rancho Vistoso.

Two newly elected members of the town council said publicly they would not support a rebate as presented. Last week, they formally ended any consideration of this specific request.

“We were kind of disappointed that they said ‘no’ completely,” said Beth Koch of Sanofi-Aventis.

“No” can be subject to interpretation. The wish here is that the council will sit and figure out what kinds of incentives and rewards it would offer job-creating businesses, and businesses that build energy- and environmentally kind buildings.

For many, government incentives for business are, at best, distasteful. Fact of the matter is they’re everywhere. If Oro Valley doesn’t have a lure for business and industry, plenty of other communities do, and they’ll dangle the hooks / carrots / cash in front of prospective employers. You’re either in the game, or you’re not, whether we like it or not. Oro Valley is a fabulous place to live and do business … but so are a lot of other communities in Arizona and across the nation.

Local governments need to conduct some form of cost / benefits analysis with regard to business incentives. Can a government “cost,” in the form of a tax rebate or financial incentive for business, provide “benefits” to the community in the form of job creation, tax revenue stream and economic activity, to include bolstered home prices? Yes, Sanofi-Aventis was already in Oro Valley, and had already committed to its big new investment, for which we are grateful. But, given the current lack of consideration for Sanofi-Aventis, will the next big employer want to come to Innovation Park? Maybe. A little financial leverage would not hurt.

People in the newsroom have already schooled the rookie publisher / editor on the term “monsoon season.” It’s a redundancy. “Monsoon” is a season by definition, and needs no modification.

Bring it on. This heat is part of the process, and it’s difficult to bear.

A weekend trip up Mount Lemmon was remarkable for beauty, temperature, the pie at Summerhaven, the charm of the Ski Valley, a community rebuilding from devastating fire, and … did we mention temperature? In late afternoon, the clouds actually yielded a burst of rain with some hail, and the car thermometer registered 58 of the most blessed degrees anyone can feel.

Then came the descent. 68 degrees. 78. 88. 98. And, pulling into the garage, with Mount Lemmon straight ahead 10 or so miles as the crow flies, 108 blasted degrees. A 50-degree difference in 7,000 or so vertical feet. Impressive. We barely resisted the temptation to turn the car around.

As the monsoon arrives, be certain to be careful. And, when the opportunity arises, step into some cool, cool rain.

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