Archive for Thursday, April 22, 2004

Council OKs policy change to encourage economic growth

April 22, 2004

Baldwin is hoping an amendment to a tax abatement policy will help in the town's effort to bring new businesses to the city.

The Baldwin City Council approved in a 5-0 vote Monday to amend the city's current tax abatement policy in an attempt to entice commercial developments to Baldwin.

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The minor changes to the original 1996 policy, one of which removes the limit on the amount of abatement that can be offered, were made to refresh the policy and give the council more flexibility when negotiating with prospective businesses, according to City Administrator Jeff Dingman.

Council Member Tony Brown said the changes had been reviewed by the economic development committee and met its approval.

"The consensus among the committee members was this was a good move, this was a good thing," he said.

The changes are to serve as enticements to prospective businesses, he said, and did not mean businesses would definitely receive abatements.

"This is not an automatic tax abatement. This is a policy that will be in place," he said. "To me, what we're talking about is trying to increase the economy."

Council Member Nancy Brown said the policy would only help the city by providing clear guidelines.

"It gives us the framework in which to consider applicants," she said.

Council Member Amy Cleavinger agreed.

"I think it allows you to really see in detail what benefit is there, what benefit it brings to the community," she said.

In other business, the city council:

  • Approved in a 5-0 vote the appointments of John Monroe, David MacFarlane and Mike Grosdidier to planning commission.
  • Approved in a 5-0 vote the financing of a $20,247 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser to Kansas State Bank at 3.10 percent for three years.

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