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More incentives to lure RATO jobs?

 

County commissioners to consider raising stakes

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will be presented tonight with a request for additional incentives for a company that county officials hope will create a manufacturing facility, along with hundreds of jobs, in the area.

As the Times-News previously reported, county officials have been trying to lure Denver Global Products, acquired by China-based RATO in February, to bring a plant to the county. Though the company opted for Lincoln County as its North American headquarters, it has been weighing competition from other states to place its manufacturing base.

RATO, whose global headquarters are in Chongqing, China, was founded in 2007 and is a manufacturer of water pumps, generators and general-purpose engines used primarily for outdoor power equipment, ATVs and motorcycles. The company currently supplies customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Crystal Gettys, interim director and business-development manager for the Lincoln Economic Development Association, will request that commissioners include in their incentives package a waiver of water and sewer capacity-development fees, water and sewer tap fees and building inspection fees and permits, as well as a reduction of land price (if applicable).

“Your consideration and approval of the above recommended items will assist in providing an attractive package to a company that will prove to add value to our community as a corporate citizen of Lincoln County,” she wrote in a letter to commissioners.

The request was originally to be addressed at a previous meeting, but was removed from the agenda at the time for unknown reasons.

Other items on tonight’s commissioners meeting agenda include:

  • An update will be given on the Woodcock Farms small-area plan.
  • Commissioners will hear the recommendations of the Planning Board on zoning cases heard at the previous meeting.
  • A second public hearing will be conducted on the 2012 Scattered Site Housing Program.
  • Commissioners will consider accepting a tax settlement with the tax administrator.
  • Commissioners will consider awarding a contract for the purchase and installation of replacement compactors and receiving containers at three convenience sites, costing $126,504.
  • Commissioners will consider awarding a bid for RFID (radio-frequency identification) equipment for the library system to Bibliotheca. It will cost roughly $144,400, but was a budgeted item.
  • The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

 

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