On Tuesday, the Clay County Redevelopment Commission approved and forwarded to the County Council a tax abatement procedure improvement resolution.
The Clay County Council meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m.
Redevelopment Commissioner Rob Moore said this resolution is in the best interest of the county.
"We're trying to establish a clearly understood set of procedures," he said.
In the past, poor procedures cost the county money, Moore said.
"That's where we've gotten into trouble before," he said.
If the resolution is adopted by the Council, the Redevelopment Commission will review all requests and petitions regarding real and/or personal property tax abatements.
Following the review, the commission may recommend the abatement to the County Council, but the Council is not bound to their recommendation.
Thirdly, "The Redevelopment Commission shall establish procedures for considering and reviewing abatements and shall create general guidelines for the public concerning abatements," the resolution reads.
The Commission must also aid those seeking an abatement by preparing the necessary documentation. The commission also must arrange for publication of related, required notices.
For performing the above services, the commission will charge an application fee of $750 for a single abatement and a fee of $900 for a dual abatment, according to the resolution.
Moore said this filing fee benefits the applicant.
"If you have your own legal counsel do it, it can be $1,500," he said.
No fee will be charged parties only seeking information about the abatements.
Clay County Auditor Joe Dierdorf said the resolution sounds promising.
"Any time we can properly standardize a procedure, it's a good thing," Dierdorf said.
He said it's also beneficial because "it will allow both the Redevelopment Commission and the Council to review these (abatements) in depth."