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TAX ABATEMENT TROUBLES IN

TAMA

The city of Tama is considering giving National Beef, a meatpacking plant, a short-sighted tax break because the company wants to create 800 jobs for the area. An $8.8 billion corporation ought to finance such an expansion itself, not rely on the taxpayers. Local officials already agreed to a property tax abatement back in 2014 and another will deplete the town's ability to build new infrastructure for years.

City leaders have already rejected two proposals for a new tax deal with National Beef. They should continue to stand strong in the name of fiscal prudence and do what's best for their constituents, not massive corporations.

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EXPENSIVE

Tama leaders already provided a property tax break to National Beef in 2014 a new deal loses out on even more revenue.

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UNFAIR

Another tax abatement may threaten the city's relationship with other companies not given that level of support.

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SHORT-SIGHTED

The corresponding rise in population will require Tama to fund large projects, which is ultimately threatened by a new tax deal.

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