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Concerns raised over rejection of Amazon tax breaks

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Some city officials are worried about potential blowback after the Fort Wayne City Council voted down $7-million in tax breaks for Amazon this week.

Tuesday night the Council rejected proposed tax abatements for the mega online retailer’s distribution center currently under construction at the corner of Flaugh Rd. and US 30. City Development Director Nancy Townsend says that rejection could have consequences.

“To take an application request to the city council for abatement that met all the policies, checked all the boxes of the abatement policy, to have it fail is disappointing and we’re concerned about the message that may send to the dozens of other prospects,” she told our Partners in News at ABC 21.

Those who voted against the tax breaks argued that Amazon requested the abatements too late into the process and that they didn’t need the financial incentive. Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Tom Didier voted in favor of the tax abatement and doesn’t understand that argument:

“I understand that people are going, oh, Amazon doesn’t need it, that’s not the point. The point is if we want other businesses to come in, are we going to pick and choose? That’s not my job,” he says.

Mayor Tom Henry’s administration says the city isn’t holding up its end of a commitment that was made to Amazon officials during the early stages of what was known at the time as Project Mastadon.

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5 comments

Pat July 29, 2021 at 11:25 am

billion-dollar monopolies don’t need tax breaks — help small businesses

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Pat July 29, 2021 at 11:28 am

BTW– I wouldn’t vote for a Mayoral Candidate [I mean you, Tom Didier] who can’t see the absurdity of tax breaks for Amazon

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Slacker06 July 30, 2021 at 10:06 am

Really?? Concerns???
Amazon does not need any kind of a tax break. They have more money than god especially when they waste it on space rides. for the narcissist Jeff Bezos

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D July 30, 2021 at 11:55 am

If we made an agreement then we must adhere to it. If we did not then let them pay Taxes like everyone else.

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Rocky July 30, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Amazon put many companies out of business and gained a ton of market share since they didn’t shut down like everyone else did, But now they need public money?

And why does the Tax Abetment need to be a Rubber Stamp?

How about you lower taxes for us private citizens…..or at least, cancel the “temporary” taxes you pushed to pay for pet-projects like Riverfront?

This is the problem with Government…giving handouts to large corporations while raising taxes on private citizens.

We need new leadership!!!

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