Tax break raises questions


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  • An example of how the LERTA tax abatement works, from the York County Economic Alliance (from left): Land value at beginning of project (33.54 acres) = $1,039,550; value of improvements on construction of a 342,160 square foot facility = $8,660,000; total project costs = $9,699,550. (Photo: York County Economic Alliance: ycea-pa.org)



— There's disagreement in Milford about whether to offer a tax break to new and expanding businesses located in what the state calls “deteriorated areas."

Pennsylvania's Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance program has been taken up by numerous municipalities statewide, including Dingman Township, to attract new business. Milford supervisors have been considering the idea since last November.

Several township residents expressed concern over the lack of movement in either passing up or discarding the idea of tax incentives.

“Our lack of action is not inaction,” Quick said Monday.

He said supervisors need to have some of questions answered before they could pass it on to the planning commission for consideration: Where it will apply? Who is eligible? Can the township abandon the program if it doesn't work?

Kevin Stroyan of the Milford Township Planning Commission told supervisors Monday that commission members held off discussing the incentives as they await a letter from the county about public meetings and qualifications.

Some officials support the program. Supervisor Gary Clark has been vocal about passing something that will bring business into the township. Others have been hesitant even to discuss the matter.

WiFi and website — Supervisor Gary Clark said he was not ready to discuss WiFi options for the township, although it was on the agenda. Supervisor Don Quick said he also wanted to look into the possibility of creating a website for the Milford Township where important information, like ordinances, could be made available to the public.

By Charles Reynolds

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