Voters to decide on business incentives

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Issue of tax relief for job creation on Nov. 4 ballot

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Levy County voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to offer tax relief to businesses that move or open up in the county in return for creating jobs when they go to the polls on Nov. 4.

County Commission Chair Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 1), who is on the county economic development strike force, has been talking about how the county can use the incentive of property tax relief to lure new business and jobs. On June 3, the commission voted unanimously to put a referendum on incentives on the general election ballot for voters to decide. 

“The reason for this is to give us some incentive packages, incentives for growth,” Bell said. 

The idea is not new according to Carol McQueen, a member of the Nature Coast Economic Development Council. She said such incentives were offered at one time to bring in manufacturing jobs and the City of Williston opted into offering them. She said that's how the city attracted Monterey Boats and A&N Corporation to locate in that city's industrial park. Both are still in operation, having weathered the recent recession. 

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