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County gives final $75K to industrial board

Members of the Warren County Commission met Monday and voted to approve a resolution authorizing the release of $75,000 in appropriations to the McMinnville-Warren County Industrial Development Board. The $75,000 represents the second half of the total $150,000 allotted by the members for the purpose of promoting industrial development in the county for the current fiscal year.
Commissioner Les Trotman proposed the resolution saying, “Director Jeff McCormick has resigned and we are looking for a replacement. It is hard to offer a salary to someone if the IDB hasn’t been funded. It will make it easier to facilitate finding a replacement if the money is there.”
The Warren County Commission voted on a resolution in July to give the IDB $250,00 for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The resolution was passed with the stipulation $75,000 may be requested upon the approval of the 2012-13 budget and $75,000 will be voted on by the commission at its December 2012 meeting.
The commission voted to provide another $100,000 to the IDB to be used at Miniature Precision Components and/ or for the construction of Spec Building 3.
Trotman has been against withholding money from the IDB from the beginning. In July, Trotman proposed an amendment to the resolution taking out the stipulation about the additional $75,000. He wanted to give the entire amount of $250,000 to the IDB without holding out $75,000 until the end of the year.
“Any time we’ve had any kind of seminar or anything in regard to industrial recruitment or economic development, it is said people look at how we support our industrial development,” said Trotman. “Every member of the IDB we have asked to serve does so without compensation, at their own expense. I’m not quite ready to tell the caliber of people that we have on the IDB that we don’t think they know what they’re doing. There are some fine men and women on there and I think we are sending the wrong signal for adding the stipulation.”
Trotman’s proposal was voted down 14-7 in July with two people passing. At that time, the commission voted to leave the resolution as was.
Trotman’s resolution passed Monday with a vote of 22-0. Commissioners absent were Ron Lee and Gary Prater.


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