The adage in group communication is that you can never communicate too much. Just when you conclude that you?ve given the appropriate people the appropriate information the appropriate number of times, you discover somebody somewhere didn?t get the memo after all.

That appears to be the case in the misunderstanding that erupted last week when USD 410 and Marion County leaders suddenly realized they had lost the opportunity to weigh in on the value of Hillsboro?s tax-increment financing strategy in regard to Hillsboro Business Park. Their window to offer input officially ended almost two years ago?60 days after the Hillsboro City Council agreed to move ahead with the program as a way to help Midway Motors build a new dealership along U.S. Highway 56.

We don?t know how the seeds for this situation were planted, and don?t care to place blame if we did. The unfortunate thing is that it?s easy for the offended parties to jump to conclusions about motives. We hope all parties can be gracious about the confusion and chalk it up to learning a lesson the hard way. ?DR

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