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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 18, 2014

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By DIANE VANCE | Apr 21, 2014
Photo by: DIANE VANCE

More than 100 people attended the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors meeting today to hear and participate in discussions about Heartland Co-op’s proposal to build a grain elevator at Highway 34 and Nutmeg Avenue. The supervisors spent more than an hour hearing from community members supporting the elevator and others who expressed concerns about it and asked for it to be located elsewhere. At the end of today’s discussion about Heartland, the supervisors voted 3-0 to spend approximately $272,000 in debt levy funds (property taxes) to pave the north portion of Nutmeg Avenue from old Highway 34 for 1,000-feet north to include the proposed truck exit from Heartland Co-op property; create a possible 10-year Tax Increment Finance district to pave Osage Avenue at a cost of $2.2 million, subject to review with financial advisor Jeff Heil; and provide a one-year tax abatement incentive to Heartland Co-op. More about the meeting will be published later this week.

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