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City approves property tax abatement

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com

The Marion Common Council approved a tax abatement Tuesday for a residential property in the city.

Christopher and Elizabeth Dodson applied for temporary tax relief on their property at 1625 E. Montpelier Pike in Center Township.

The $300,000 home will be 2,640 square feet and sit on 2.55 acres of land.

Council president Alan Miller said that approving tax abatements for a single residential property are uncommon because most new properties are located in subdivisions, which already have abatements when they’re platted.

He said this type of tax abatement has become rare because it’s rare for people to build on a plot of land in the city that isn’t incorporated with a subdivision.

Miller said approving single residential tax abatements used to be common practice, especially for homes belonging to Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

“They’re entitled to it just as much as everyone else. … It’s just an added incentive for property owners” Miller said.

Janet Pearson, deputy director of Development Services, said the plot was not generating a lot of tax dollars on its own, but will increase after a house is built there.

Residential tax abatements take effect for three years, decreasing in value each year.

The first year, the Dodsons won’t pay any taxes on their property.

The second year, they will pay a third of what their property taxes would be.

The third year, they will pay two-thirds of what their property taxes would be, until they finally pay the full amount the following year.

The council also confirmed a resolution declaring the same property an economic revitalization area for property tax deductions on real estate.

Also at the meeting, Austin Whirrett, vice president of operations at The Wood Pile Pallet Co., requested a possible amendment to the city’s truck route.

Company officials want to move the company to a building located at 401 S. Miller Ave., which is ten times larger than their current space.

The amendment would allow trucks associated with the company to travel down Lenfesty Avenue to access the building by an added driveway.

Some council members expressed concern for residents in the area and traffic during little league baseball games, as a baseball diamond runs along Lenfesty Avenue.

Whirrett assured members that business would finish no later than 5 p.m. each day, which would help avoid issues with traffic to the ball diamond.

He also said officials are in the process of meeting with residents to discuss the change.

Six members of the council voted in favor of moving the amendment process forward, with two members voting no.