Many voters may already be aware there are 11 amendments being proposed on the ballot by the state. Perhaps going overlooked is the fact there is one further amendment voters will have to decide; only this one is being proposed by the county: “The County Property Tax Exemption Question.”
The amendment asks voters to consider a property tax exemption for new businesses, as well as the expansion of existing businesses that are considering creating new, full-time jobs in the county. Its purpose is to woo new businesses while at the same time assist current employers. According to Commissioner Melony Bell, who represents District 2, Polk County is currently at a distinct disadvantage. The nine counties that border Polk already have similar measures in place. It has had a negative impact.
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