Raisin Township approves tax abatement for Uniloy Milacron

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A special meeting of the Raisin Charter Township Board was held Wednesday, July 17, to consider a request from Uniloy Milacron, a company with a factory located on South Occidental Highway, for an industrial facilities tax exemption (IFT).

The petition for the IFT was for improvement to equipment at the facility requiring an investment of $595,000. The township trustees approved the request unanimously.

Township supervisor Jay Cavanaugh said that there were benefits to the township in approving the personal property tax relief for the company. “We are trying to keep businesses in the township and attract new businesses to the area,” he said. The improvements to the facility are not expected to require any new personnel.

“The mechanical and electrical permits that are required for any improvements generate revenue for the township,” said Cavanaugh. “We have made similar concessions to other companies that form our economic tax base with the object of remaining attractive to new business ventures.”

Uniloy Milacron was in a partnership with Ohio-based Power Tech, but Power Tech recently went out of business.

“If we don’t create a business-friendly environment, new industry will simply move on to the next township taking their equipment and their jobs with them, and we don’t want that,” said Cavanaugh.

Uniloy Milacron representatives Mark Jenkins and Dick Darn were present at the meeting to explain the company’s plans for improvement, along with Lenawee Now (formerly Lenawee Economic Development Corporation) representative Tim Robinson, making the case to the township board for approving the IFT.

The abatement petition by companies investing in personal property is allowed under the provisions of Michigan Public Act 198 of 1974, which provides tax relief for plant rehabilitation and industrial development.

The township trustees also discussed a possible amendment to burn permits that would base the permit on wind conditions. Action on that issue was tabled.
The board will be discussing the installation of a medical drop box in the township office at 5525 S. Occidental Hwy. at its next meeting Monday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The drop box would provide a secure place for township residents to dispose of outdated prescription and non-prescription medicine. Many communities in the area have established such programs and April Demers, coordinator of Tecumseh Coalition for Youth, will give a presentation to the Raisin Township trustees on the successful campaign to provide residents such a drop box.

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