Tax Cuts the Order of Business During City Commission Meeting

The Bowling Green City Commission met on Jan. 16, 2007, to discuss approving possible tax cuts for one business that's new to the city and one that's expanding.

One municipal order was a part of the Job Development Incentive Fund Employee Withholdings Credit Agreement with Halton Group Americas Incorporated. The move would allow Halton to have a 1.3 percent tax break, rather than the usual 1.8 percent break for its first five years in town.

Commissioner Brian Strow objected to the move on the grounds that the tax cut was apparently promised to Halton before the issue was brought to the commission. Despite his no vote the order passed.

A separate order was passed that will allow metal manufacturing company Pan-Osten to begin 10-year-payments to the city in lieu of tax payments. The company will not have to pay property taxes until 2015 as it finishes paying off bonds from the city that they received two years ago.

The commission also voted to purchase new vehicles for the Bowling Green Police Department.

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