South Holland OKs property tax breaks for 2 businesses

2013-12-19T20:00:00Z 2013-12-19T21:17:46Z South Holland OKs property tax breaks for 2 businessesGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
December 19, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board has given its recommendation to two established businesses that want significant property tax breaks from Cook County.

Martin Produce, at 160 W. 154th St., wants a Class 8 tax break from the county, while Niagara LaSalle Corp., at 16655 Canal St., wants a Class 6b tax break.

Both are classifications that can reduce by more than half the amount of money the businesses will have to pay in property taxes. County officials require local communities to offer their recommendation before they will consider granting such a tax break.

The Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 for measures awarding each break.

Martin Produce is an established business that wants to move to a 7,100-square-foot facility on 154th Street, and wants the tax break for the new location. Village Trustee Larry DeYoung said he was pleased to see a local business capable of growing.

“I’m happy they’re already expanding,” he said.

Niagara, formerly known as Universal Metal Service, was previously awarded the Class 6b tax break in March 1994 and had it extended in January 2004. This would be another 10-year extension for the company, if the County Board ultimately approves the deal.

Village President Don De Graff called Niagara, “a solid company,” while DeYoung said, “They have had several expansions since they have been here.”

In other business, the Village Board voted without opposition to amend village ordinances regarding business licenses. Any local business that gets its license revoked has to wait at least a full year before it can try reapplying for a new license.

Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said South Holland does not often revoke business licenses. But he said current ordinances did not establish any time period for someone to try coming back.

“It’s ridiculous if we revoke someone’s license, and they try to reapply the very next day,” Lapp said.

The Village Board also approved 26 building permits for work valued at about $200,000.

Those include construction work for a new T-mobile store and also for a Family Dollar store, the latter of which is a 9,000-square-foot facility that accounts for $48,000 worth of the work and is scheduled to open sometime in February.

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