EDITOR'S NOTE: Amid Krystal stalemate, jobs are uncertain

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

Such infrastructure improvements would exceed the restaurant’s budget by $30,000, a Z Development Services spokesperson said before requesting tax relief.

That’s where the debate comes in.

Some people believe a fast food titan — reportedly worth $175 million, as of its 2012 sale to Atlanta investors — should be able to foot the bill; others say the city should OK the incentive because additional tax revenue eventually would boost city coffers.

That leaves the project in limbo — actually, “in jeopardy,” as developers said.

Remember: John and Joan Crestview didn’t put their savings into the lifelong dream of owning a restaurant franchise. Rather, The Krystal Co. wanted to bring a company-owned restaurant to Crestview and tapped Z Development Services for the job.

City Councilman Shannon Hayes has a point: Krystal probably could afford the extra $30,000.

Then again, cities anticipating additional tax revenue frequently offer businesses incentives.

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