Supervisors grant tax exemptions for industry

The Union County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to put up $33,680 that will net a $1 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to overlay the runway, taxiways and parking areas at the New Albany-Union County Airport.

Both the city and county governments had to agree to provide matching amounts to get the grant and New Albany aldermen voted in favor of it this past Tuesday.

No timetable was given for the resurfacing but specifications presumably must be worked out and bids obtained first.

Supervisors also voted to grant 10-year ad valorem tax exemptions to industries that had applied for them more than a week ago. The exemptions are often given to industries to recruit them or keep them in the county. They can be used for new buildings or some permanent expansions or improvements, and may also be granted for freeport goods that were not manufactured in the state but are only temporarily being stored here.

Those receiving exemptions after tax assessor-collector Randy Dunnam reported the applications in order included Abby Manufacturing, Albany Industries, Toyota Tsusho, Toyota Tsusho America-Process Equipment Services, Toyota Process Equipment Services, Blue Springs Metals and Diversity Vuteq (2).

Two other industries submitted applications before the deadline but were not voted on Tuesday. They are Jackson Furniture (2) and VIP Cinema.

In other business:

  • Supervisors approved issuing a manual check for $84.50 to supervisor Dwight Pickens. Pickens had purchased gasoline for a county truck only to learn that the business no longer accepted the fuel payment cards used by the county. Pickens paid for the gas himself and the check will reimburse him for that.
  • Supervisors approved travel for Deputy Tressa Hester, who is the county‚Äôs D.A.R.E. instructor and officer, to attend the state meeting in July. They also approved issuing a manual check for $199 to pay for registration. Hester, who has been selected D.A.R.E. officer of the year for the State of Mississippi (see related story), will pay for all other costs herself and turn in a claim for reimbursement.
  • Tax Assessor-Collector Randy Dunnam submitted a list of his employees, noting that all have been re-certified in their specialties.
  • Supervisors formally accepted a new bridge constructed in the southeast part of the county near the David Coleman property.

The next scheduled meeting for the Union County Board of Supervisors will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 23. They will not meet this next Monday because they will be attending the Mississippi Association of Supervisors annual convention on the Gulf Coast.