Firm gets tax incentive from Douglas County
by Liz Marino
lmarino@mdjonline.com
December 17, 2012 01:10 AM | 1656 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas County Development Authority director Chris Pumphrey received unanimous approval from the Douglas County Commission last week for property tax incentives to help recruit a manufacturer to the area.

Going under the cover of “Project Crystal,” Pumphrey said he has been working with the company — which he declined to name — for five months on possible relocation to Douglas County.

The company currently has manufacturing operations in three states, Pumphrey told commissioners, and is looking at Douglas County to possibly consolidate into what he described as a “manufacturing supercenter.”

The company would transfer 89 current jobs into the county and, under the plan for tax abatement, would create 46 new jobs within four years at an average $16 per hour wage.

In addition, the company would bring a $14.5 million property investment into the county, stated Pumphrey, and would be under the basic tax abatement for a period of eight years.

In other action, the commission scheduled public hearings on changes in the alcohol sales ordinance and on dangerous dogs for the Dec. 18 meeting of the Douglas County Commission.

The commissioners also will vote on the 2013 proposed county budget at the meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in Citizen’s Hall at the Douglas County Courthouse.

A hearing is scheduled regarding revisions to the county’s alcohol ordinance arising from the public approval by referendum authorizing package and on-premises consumption on Sundays.

The new proposed ordinance regarding on-premises consumption defines, among other things, hours for consumption and repeals the ordinance prohibiting selling alcohol on Sundays and Christmas Day.

The second ordinance provides for Sunday package sales, or sales for off-premises consumption, of malt beverages and wine.

The ordinance will repeal conflicting ordinances and provide effective dates for sale and distance requirements from polling places on election day.

Also last week, the board approved reappointments to county boards.

Tom Warren was reappointed to the Board of Assessors for a term from Dec. 7, 2012, to Dec. 6, 2015.

Marcia Atkins, Rhett Williamson, Gerald Teal and Sara McKoy were reappointed to the Cemetery Preservation Commission effective Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2016.

Kathy Sears, Joe Phillips, Susanne Hudson and Catherine Wynn were reappointed to the Tourism and History Commission with terms from Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2015.

Gerald Frost and Jerry Pece were reappointed to the Douglas County Film Commission effectively immediately through Sept. 20, 2015
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