HOBART — Tax abatement has been finalized in association with Albanese Confectionery Group’s latest production expansion.
Albanese is investing about $60 million in manufacturing equipment for gummies and chocolate, and the company plans to begin the operations expansion project “almost immediately” now that the City Council has completed the traditional 10-year personal property tax abatement request, Mayor Brian Snedecor said.
SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Common Council unanimously approved property tax breaks for six business development projects Monday night, including two that especially signal a strong local economy, a city administration staffer told the council.
The real and personal property tax abatements, combined, will give the businesses more than $7.6 million in tax discounts in exchange for creating 62 new jobs, or $123,161 of tax reduction per new job.
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.
City Councilman Russ Jehl has a proposal to amend Fort Wayne’s tax abatement policy.
Jehl, R-2nd, said Tuesday that updating the policy is necessary to better reflect the council’s views.
Tax abatements are a popular economic development tool offered by municipalities to entice business investment. Abatements phase in business personal property taxes over a period of time, typically five to 10 years.
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.