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Lakeland Chamber of Commerce supports County Referendum No. 1 on November 3rd Ballot

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce supports County Referendum No. 1 on November 3rd Ballot

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce supports County Referendum No. 1 on November 3rd Ballot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 22, 2020
 
Contact: Ryan Reis,
Director of Public Affairs
rreis@lakelandchamber.com

 
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce supports County Referendum No. 1 on November 3rd Ballot
 
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of job creation in Polk county and in doing so has announced its support of County Referendum No.1, Article VII, Section 3- Extension of Limited Property Tax Exemptions for Busines Creating New Jobs.
 
“The continuation of the successful limited property tax exemption for businesses that create new jobs is more important now than ever before.  With the many job losses and furloughs that our workforce in Polk County has suffered as the result of COVID-19, any opportunity we have to ensure that incentives are provided to job creators is critical to moving our economy forward by increasing our overall tax base while getting our residents back to gainful employment,” stated Chamber President/CEO Cory Skeates.
 
Polk County originally established the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption Program in 2012, with the intent to use limited property tax exemptions to fuel growth and development among existing businesses. It was also used as a tool to attract new industry to Polk County. Business growth creates jobs, which in turn generates a positive economic impact on our community.
 
The Chamber’s Vice-Chair of Advocacy Gow Fields stated “our county officials have used this economic development tool wisely for the benefit of all of Polk County. It deserves our support for renewal.”
 
It is important to note that the successful passing of the referendum will not increase resident taxes, nor impact school, city, or public safety taxes. Vote “Yes” to support economic growth!
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Since 1921, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate for business. The Chamber is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a climate where businesses can prosper. The Lakeland Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Polk County with more than 1,400 investor businesses. The Lakeland Chamber continues to be an integral component of the Lakeland community by offering a wide variety of programs and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life in our region. Our investors capitalize on the contacts, resources, and support provided by the Chamber. ­
 

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