Sylvester -- The Worth County Attorney says a proposal to give Con Agra a tax break on renovations to their Sylvester plant was a sham, and wants the people of Worth County to know more about this proposal.
A November proposal would have cut property taxes on $12 million of improvements to the Con-Agra plant, after the plant was shut down because of salmonella contamination.
The Worth County Economic Development Authority supported the proposal that Con Agra get a ten year tax break on those plant improvements, but the county commission took no action it.
County Attorney Clarence Miller says this proposal was illegal, and would have forced tax increases on all other property owners.
"It was a pure sham. There was no motive what so ever. No business purpose, except to remove Con-Agra's property from the Worth County digest," Miller said.
Miller said many Worth County citizens think their E.D.A. should be trying to bring new industry to their community, instead of giving tax breaks to a company that had over $12 billion in sales last year.