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Council revisits business subsidy, city hall issues

February 26, 2014

MARSHALL — The Marshall City Council took action on several items related to ongoing city projects and business Tuesday night....

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DuPage

Feb-26-14 11:40 AM

Hitter, your point is well taken – it’s not fair. But that is “business as usual”, for cable, satellite, and cell phone companies, giving away the store to gain new customers, but doing nothing to retain existing. Unfortunately,the same operating mode exists for many cities and states. Not sure how you change that.

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Hitter

Feb-26-14 10:46 AM

It isn't about saving face because they were giving them the same deal by the airport. I just don't know how they can look at existing businesses and raise any tax to them when they give the handout to other businesses. I am all for growing a business, but that is a lot of money for 10 jobs or even 20 jobs. The City argues that those individuals will pay taxes, but that is not enough reason.

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DuPage

Feb-26-14 10:31 AM

I would agree this is a sweet deal for Action Manufacturing. But my guess is that it is more about the City saving face and avoiding paying damages because they backed out of a deal, than showing favoritism. If City employees had done “due diligence”, we would not be at this point.

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Hitter

Feb-26-14 9:09 AM

As a business owner this does really bother me that this new business will get all this money for basically very little. I am all for trying to get businesses here, but how many jobs will this really bring here? 10 or maybe 20 tops? How much of his material for making the product will be bought here? Very little. I have a lot of employees and spend a lot of money at area businesses and have NEVER been given a subsidy. Truthfully I could move my business to any town, which I may have to consider if I am not shown some appreciation!

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