SARASOTA — Sanborn Studios has filed a counterclaim against Sarasota County in response to a lawsuit filed July 28 in which the county claimed the Lakewood Ranch-based film production company did not create jobs promised as part of an incentive agreement.The 58-page claim, filed Monday in 12th Judicial Circuit Court, points out flaws in the county’s financial incentive agreement which was signed by Sanborn Studios in 2010.
Sanborn Studios had been required to add 117 jobs with an average wage of $72,000 by Sept. 2, 2013, in return for $650,000 in county incentive money, according to the agreement.
“The stated agreement...as to jobs was simply that it would ‘create 117 new jobs’ (not ‘add’ them) during the first three years of the agreement; there was no agreement as to where those jobs would be created, who those jobs would be with, how long the persons holding those jobs would remain holding those jobs, no agreement as to what ‘full time’ meant, or how much economic output would be generated by those jobs,” says the claim.
Scott Sobel, Sanborn Studios spokesman, contends that the agreement was poorly written.
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“Sanborn Studios was never required to release public information about who has been hired and who was not hired,” he said. “There was an estimate — underline estimate — of the jobs that would be created. It was never a promise that they would create full-time and full-time was never discussed.”
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