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Request for abatement shows more growth

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

PDF, Inc. has requested a personal property tax abatement on a new 5,000-watt laser the company is planning to purchase and install in its new real estate expansion. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
* PDF attempting to obtain third abatement since July

One area business is continuing to grow rapidly.

During Monday's meeting, the Clay County Council accepted the first reading on a personal property abatement request from Process, Development and Fabrication (PDF), Inc.

Ken Maurer
PDF Owner Ken Maurer said the abatement would be for a new 5,000-watt laser the company is preparing to purchase, in part due to increased business.

"We are continuing to take on a lot of new business," Maurer said. "This machine is able to cut thicker materials faster to help speed up our production capabilities."

Glen Watler further explained the company's increased workload by saying, "We currently have a 270-hour backlog of work with just one of our customers."

The laser, which has an approximate cost of $560,000, will allow PDF to hire at least one additional full-time employee, and accounts for the third abatement request from the company since July.

In August, the council approved final action on a separate personal property abatement as PDF was purchasing a new hydraulic punch press, while in October, a 10-year real estate abatement was finalized on the company's new 26,000 square foot pre-engineered steel building, which is currently under construction.

The Clay County Redevelopment Commission had provided a positive recommendation for the abatement presented Monday, and the council set a tentative seven-year term on it, which will be up for final action during the January meeting.

In other business during Monday's meeting, the Clay County Council:

* Approved the meeting dates for 2011, which will remain at 6 p.m., on the first Monday of each month except for meeting on Tuesday, July 5, and Tuesday, Sept. 6 (5 p.m.), due to holidays falling on a Monday in those months,

* Provided a positive endorsement for Clay County Community Corrections Director Mary Brown to fill a position within the office which will become vacant as of Jan. 1, 2011,

* Approved an Amended Salary Ordinance of 27.48 an hour for a Traffic Control Officer to be paid out of the Prosecutor's Deferral Fund. Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson explained this is an overtime rate to pay deputies to enforce traffic regulations, like speeding, and allow additional law enforcement manpower at any given time, and

* Approved additional appropriations of $6,000 in the Coroner's Fund for autopsy fees and $250 in the Commissioners Fund to help provide additional supplies for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

In addition, Monday marked the final meeting for council member Dolores Johnson, who was defeated in November's General Election by Toni Carter, who officially begins her council term Jan. 1.

"Dolores has done an outstanding job on the council," Council President Mike McCullough said. "She has gone out of her way to attend conferences and state meetings to bring as much information to the council as possible, and we wish her well in her future endeavors."

Johnson thanked everyone she worked with on the council during her four-year term and was proud of the cumulative effort they had done to keep the county's head above water.

"Our local entities have done an amazing job of working together which made it possible for us to come out in the black, and we were one of only a few counties in the state to be able to do that," she said. "I have truly enjoyed working with everyone on the council."

The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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