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Officials consider what incentives they would offer
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 30, 2013 | 973 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Development Authority of Jones County met with representatives from the Jones County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education to discuss ways to attract industry.
Members of the Development Authority of Jones County met with representatives from the Jones County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education to discuss ways to attract industry.
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Members of Jones County’s taxing agencies met with the Development Authority last week to discuss what they would be willing to give up to attract industry to the community.

County commissioners and board of education members took part in the May 22 work session with authority members, which was led by attorney Kevin Brown. The only local taxing agency without representation was the City of Gray.

The meeting was the second joint meeting on the topic, and Brown explained it was next to the last step for the process.

“What we are talking about is what you feel like are reasonable incentives. We are looking for the types and levels that you are comfortable with and can keep us competitive,” he said.

Each attendee was handed a worksheet that asked questions such as the number of employees a company should have to be eligible for incentives, the minimum investment required from the company, and if tax incentives and reduced land costs are both in play.

“What we hope to end with is a proposal that can be given to industries interested in locating to Jones County or are being approached,” Brown said.

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