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Council approves GroAlliance tax abatement

Members of the LaGrange County Council approved a 10-year personal property tax abatement for Gro-Alliance Monday morning. The abatement is on $5 million in new equipment.

    Darrell Horn, director of operations for the firm, said that the new equipment will be installed in a building currently in existence on the company property located on CR 575E north of SR 120. The new equipment will allow the company to retain seven jobs and provide for five new full-time employees.

    The company will be bagging 200,000-500,000 bags of seed corn a year from the new facility. A tax abatement is currently in place for the company’s warehouse. Ryne Krock, president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, said that Gro-Alliance is current on all required filings for their current abatement.

    Council members also voted to draw the $37,288 cash distribution that is available from the LaGrange County Community Foundation. The money represents earnings from the endowment made at the foundation from the sale of the county hospital. It will be placed into the fund that is used to help pay Parkview LaGrange Hospital for emergency medical services.

    The county council also approved filing for a community corrections grant that will help to fund community corrections in LaGrange County. The LaGrange County portion of the $725,192 grant total is $243,275. Among other items this $243,275 will help fund three additional probation officers for the county. This is all a part of the State of Indiana effort to keep low-level offenders in local communities and not send them to the Indiana Department of Corrections for incarceration in state prisons.