Candidate details county economic-development strategy
“For the past two decades, the Board of Supervisors has followed the strategy of recruiting high-tech and manufacturing firms to the county with limited success. Rather than recruit outside firms, we should focus on growing our small businesses,” Pattie said.
The Pattie plan:
– Raise the materiality for tools and equipment to between $300 and $500. “We currently tax small businesses on every tool and piece of equipment that they own, right down to the last hammer,” Pattie said.
– Eliminate taxes on tools and equipment when the property has fully depreciated.
– Phase out taxes on inventory. “In slow times, inventory grows, and the county reduces the profits of these firms every year,” Pattie said.
– Offer incentives to local business and industry looking to expand. “We have vacant industrial parks that have been sitting there for years. If a firm from Pennsylvania, for example, wants to come here, we provide significant incentives for them to do so. However, we don’t do this for local firms. If a local business wants to expand and hire more Augusta County residents, then I would be willing to offer similar incentives that we offer to outsiders,” Pattie said.