Gov. Ivey signs bill as part of Toyota-Mazda incentives package

Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 at 11:51 AM CST
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey signed into law Senate Bill 98, providing authority to counties to abate rollback ad valorem taxes for certain projects that qualify for the incentives under the Alabama Jobs Act.

"Alabama is a business-friendly state, and this bill is further proof that we want companies who chose Alabama to thrive," Governor Ivey said. "I am proud of the hard work that went into bringing Toyota and Mazda's $1.6 billion dollar investment and 4,000 new jobs to Alabama. Bringing the Toyota-Mazda plant to Alabama is a testament to our state's leadership and to the high quality of our workforce."

"I appreciate Governor Ivey signing SB 98 and for her constant efforts in leading our team, along with Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, to land the Toyota-Mazda project," Sen. Orr said. "Economic development takes everyone, and I am proud of the working relationship between the Governor's Office and the Legislature which brought about these new jobs for the Tennessee Valley."

The bill was sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr and Representative Danny Crawford and will allow Limestone County to offer tax abatements as part of the Toyota-Mazda local incentives package.

"The Toyota-Mazda plant is one of the largest economic development projects in our state's history," Rep. Crawford commented. "This bill ensures that local governments can live up to the commitments they made to attract this important venture."

The law became effective immediately upon receiving Governor Ivey's signature.

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