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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

Oppose Heartland tax credit application

By Jim Morrow | Jul 10, 2014

To the editor:

As I understand it, the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors will be voting on whether to support an application for a $1.55 million tax credit to Heartland Co-op under the Iowa High Quality Jobs program.

As the public debate around the proposed Heartland facility has made clear, the facility represents numerous downsides to our community. In particular, the creation of six jobs, while likely losing 30 at Overland Sheepskin can hardly be characterized as “economic development.”

Further, Heartland Co-op is not in compliance with the application criteria for the program, which clearly state that the application has to be submitted before the project is started. Since Heartland Co-op has already started construction, this clearly is not the case.

As a resident of Jefferson County, I urge you to abstain from a vote in support of this program for the above reasons. Thanks.

 

– Jim Morrow, Fairfield

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