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Orion Board Takes Up Tax Abatement

The 2013 budget and the senior center are also on Monday's agenda.

The new Orion Township Board of Trustees will get down to business with its first meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.

The board will take public comment on a proposed Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate for a facility on Kay Industrial Drive. HiLite International is asking for five-year tax abatement in order to establish its North American research and development center in the township. The company plans to invest $125,000 in improvements to leased property and $3 million in new personal property, all to be completed in 2013-2014.

In 2009, the township created an industrial development district on the site, which under a 1974 state law set the stage for a potential for tax abatement to encourage new activity on the site. If approved by the township, the application would also need approval from the state tax commission.

In its application, the company says it plans to create 25 new jobs at the site within two years of completion. If approved, the township would forego $103,613 in taxable value per year during the abatement.

Headquartered in Germany, HiLite is a global automotive supplier of engine and transmission products. It’s North American sales and research and development headquarters is at the Kay Industrial Drive location. It also has a manufacturing facility in Whitehall, MI.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the township hall.

Also on the agenda

The board will schedule several special budget work sessions and a budget hearing on the 2013 budget.

The board will also hear a report from the Senior Advisory Council on the Orion Center. The report indicates that membership in the senior center has fallen off drastically since the senior center moved to the Orion Center and began charging a membership fee.  

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