County Council passes second reading on pair of economic development deals
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:49 PM
A pair of economic development projects moved forward Tuesday night during the regular meeting of Greenwood County Council.
Greenwood County Councilman Steve Brown discusses an issue Tuesday during a meeting of Council at Greenwood County Library.
Council unanimously passed second reading on a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement for an industrial project codenamed Project Pine. The project would being 70 new jobs and $90 million in capital investment to Greenwood County.
Project Pine is a project that has been on economic development firm Partnership Alliance’s “hot list” for some time.
Meanwhile, Council also passed second reading on a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement for Project Rooster, which is an existing industry project. The project would entail a $50 million capital investment from a local industry.
According to the Project Rooster fee agreement ordinance, the company in question “desires to invest in its facility located in the county ... through any combination of the following: the construction of one or more new buildings, investment involving one or more existing buildings, and/or the addition of machinery and equipment at the facility.”
A public hearing initially was set Tuesday night for Project Rooster, but acting county attorney Stephen Baggett said such a hearing would likely happen at third reading.
“There is a school of thought that the notice of public hearing on these economic development projects must identify the company by name, as opposed to by project name,” Baggett said. “That is currently a test that is ongoing in Florence County. A taxpayer advocacy group has brought an action challenging a public hearing that was held where the company name was identified by project name only.
“The statute is silent on the issue. But, I would suggest to (Council) that it is good public policy that, if you invite the public to comment on a project, that they know what they are commenting on.”
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