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Tax Abatement Approved For Proposed Distribution Warehouse

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  Original Published: 7/3/2013Ashland City Council approved an ordinance for a tax abatement for distribution warehouse that could bring more jobs to the area.The ordinance was approved by a 4-1 vote. Councilman Robert Valentine voted against the ordinance due to concerns that included the developer not honoring a promise to create jobs.  Mayor Glen Stewart said the ordinance states the developer will create 14 full-time jobs with an estimated annual payroll of $450,000. Stewart said he's optimistic about the distribution warehouse. He said the developer must now decide if the project can move forward with a 50 percent tax abatement versus a 75 percent tax abatement for ten years. Stewart said the proposed warehouse could create a domino effect for attracting new businesses to the area.He said there is a high probability that by Jan. 1, 2014, the center will move from the warehouse and expand. Stewart said another firm could relocate into the 100,000-thousand-square-foot facility which could generate 100  more jobs.  He said if the developer does not move ahead with the project the city can get money back from the tax abatement.
   
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