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Cheers and jeers

May 12, 2012
The Leader Herald

CHEERS - To a soaring eagle. It appears Eagle Chevrolet, an automotive dealership in Johnstown, will be spreading its wings of expansion. This is good news for our area, and we applaud the cooperation between the city and town of Johnstown. The dealership's expansion involves property in both municipalities. This is not the first time the two localities have dealt with an expansion of a business or land use, and it certainly will not be the last. A proposed agreement would allow 11 percent of the property taxes to be paid to the city and 89 percent to be paid to the town. No annexation of land would be needed, and sales tax revenue would go to the city. The proposal needs to be approved by city council and the Town Board. We're confident both groups will pass it and the outcome will be positive. We suggest the municipalities develop a long-range plan for similar future endeavors - a plan developers, businesses, municipalities and taxpayers understand from the start, eliminating the element of surprise. Our area needs to grow. Aggressive planning for the future is essential.



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