Tax breaks for some significant industrial and commercial investments in Terre Haute are making their way through the approval process. The procedure requires two votes by the City Council, the mayor’s signature and action by the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety.
The public works board signed off Tuesday on property tax abatements totaling $4.4 million on $48 million in investments that businesses say will create or retain 158 jobs with annual payrolls totaling $8.2 million. Salaries would range from $42,567 to $75,000.
Greenwood officials and a developer say a tax break for the proposed Greenwood Iceplex is necessary, but some residents are questioning if the city is acting outside the boundaries of state law.
Minor-league hockey team Indy Fuel owners Jim and Sean Hallett have proposed the Greenwood Iceplex with up to four ice rinks to be built on 6 acres at Freedom Park. They have requested a five-year, $450,000 property tax break, and the city has also offered to lease the land for $1 a month for 60 years.
Greenwood’s mayor unveiled plans Monday to invest $30 million into transforming the city’s sleepy downtown into an urban oasis.
New shops, restaurants, parks and apartments will bring a cool factor to the historic downtown corridor near Main Street and Madison Avenue, said Mayor Mark Myers, who released details during a 2 p.m. news conference at the Greenwood City Center.
In May 2014, Interactive Intelligence Group CEO Don Brown held a press conference at the firm’s northwest Indianapolis headquarters, announcing plans to construct a new building and hire 430 workers by the end of 2016.