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Hartselle Enquirer

Council approves tax abatement for Busche

Randy Garrison

Hartselle Enquirer

 

During a work session prior to the council meeting on Tues., March 8, the Hartselle City Council heard a request from Morgan County Economic Development President Jeremy Nails.  He asked the body to approve a resolution granting abatement of non-educational property taxes and non-educational construction related taxes for 10 years for Busche Enterprise Division, Inc.

Bushe purchased the Copeland/Emerson property on Thompson Rd. in 2012. They retained 20 of the employees of the former Copeland operations. They brought in $20 million in new equipment and hired an additional 125 employees over the last three years for a total of 190 employees with a $6 million annual payroll.

This was what they had agreed to in 2012 when the city gave tax abatement and according to Nails, “they came and did what they said.”

Now they are going to spend $26 million in new machinery and equipment for CNC machining. The company plans to add 75 new jobs over the next three years with an additional $2.625 million in annual payroll.

Busche is asking for abatement for non-educational property taxes for this expansion over a 10-year period. The tax abatement would be in the amount of $650,333 that Busche would not pay over the 10-year period. However, they would pay $677,290 in educational property taxes that would benefit Hartselle City and Morgan County School Systems.

The council approved the resolution during the regular council meeting.

Plant manager Robert Kelly was in attendance during the work session and the council meeting and said they are ready to move forward with the expansion and thanked the council for their action.

Mayor Bill Smelser said the tax abatement resolution was good for the City of Hartselle and the job market and good for families living in Hartselle.

In other action, the council:

*Approved for introduction only a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) model ordinance. The ordinance would allow the city to adopt a community based flood area, outside of FEMA flood zones and regulate building in flood prone areas.

* Approved a special events permit for First Assembly of God for a 5K on July 23

*Approved a special events permit for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Rodeo Parade

*Approved a budget adjustment for the William Bradford Hue Library to buy shelves to house new children’s books

* Approved Jimmy Dean to the City Cemetery Board

*Approved changes to the Public Works Director’s job description to include residency of the director within a 10-mile radius of the city limits of Hartselle established within one year of hire

During the work session the council also heard from city planner Jeremy Griffith about revisions to M-1 and M-2 zoning sections and revisions to B-1, B-2 and B-4 zoning sections.

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