Published: Aug 02, 2011 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2011 5:48 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Questions are coming up about the wisdom, and the pay-off, of a program to bring jobs to Lee County.

One commissioner calls it, "a subsidy for wealthy corporations."

Still, the money keeps flowing to companies wanting a hand-out. That's what the economic development director says about the program to bring companies, like algenol bio-fuels, and high-paying jobs, to Lee County.

But one commissioner isn't buying it.    

WINK News obtained figures that show Lee County has given companies $23.7 million over the past 3 years. Those dollars have created 529 jobs, with the promise of hundreds more to come in time.

The latest controversy concerns a $1 million commitment to an unnamed company. Brian Bigelow says he's heard that firm is Chico's, already located here.  

He asked, "Why doesn't Chico's use its profits to expand?"

Commission Chair Frank Mann cut him off. But later, Mann also voiced concerns about the incentive program that gives away millions.

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