Clanton grants tax abatement

Published 7:05 pm Monday, May 23, 2011

The Clanton City Council voted Monday to grant a 10-year tax abatement to Southeastern Anodizing Company (SEACO).

Wayne McKinnon brought the request to the council’s attention, representing the city’s industrial board.

The business is looking at expanding and spending $800,000 on real estate and $2.25 million on machinery, according to McKinnon’s report. The expansion is expected to result in approximately 20 new jobs.

The abatement would cost the city of Clanton approximately $4,270 a year in taxes.

All but one council member voted in favor of granting the abatement. Councilman Jeff Price voted against the measure.

Price said he understands why cities would grant abatements when competing against other municipalities for new businesses but questioned what impact the money would have on a multi-million dollar expansion for an existing business.

“I’m all for tax abatements for new business,” Price said. “(But) I don’t think these expansions ever hinge on a tax abatement.”

In other business, the council took the following actions.

•Voted to increase municipal court costs. Offenders will now pay either $19.50 or $19 more to the city, pending on charges. The move follows action the city of Jemison took last Monday and is in line with district court rates, according to Police Chief Brian Stilwell.

•Held the final public hearing on the West End sewer revitalization project. No one spoke about the sewer work, though Jessie Binion did express concern about paving rough spots caused by the work.

•Hired four lifeguards to work this summer at E.M. Henry Park. The council also voted to hire one summer employee to work part-time in the sanitation department.

•Renewed its hosting agreement with the senior citizen program for another year.

•Moved the council meeting scheduled for Monday, June 27 to Thursday, June 23. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at Clanton City Hall.