Manatee County Government Administrative Center Manatee Room, Fourth Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 18, 2014
March 18, 2014 - Work Session (Morning)
Agenda Item #3

Tax Abatement Program

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Dan Schlandt, Deputy County Administrator

Cheri Coryea, Director, Neighborhood Services Department


Action Requested
Presentation on Tax Abatement Program.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Approved Tax Abatement Referendum

Background Discussion
  • The original Economic Development Incentive Program established in 2009 provided for Incentives for quality job creation.
  • By 2013, most Counties in the surrounding area had established a Tax Abatement Program as an Economic Development Incentive (EDI), leaving Manatee County at a disadvantage when involved in recruitment efforts.
  • The number one question asked by site consultants representing possible company relocations is, "Do you have a Tax Abatement Incentive?".
  • The BOCC proposed a ballot referendum for June of 2013 to determine if the citizens of Manatee County were in favor of providing a Tax Abatement Program for business development.
  • The Tax Abatement referendum passed.
  • Staff has worked with the County Attorney's Office to prepare a draft of the policy guidelines for eligibility of Tax Abatement.
  • A draft of polices will be discussed today.
  • Companies seeking and being approved for Tax Abatement by the Board would not receive additional monetary EDI incentives from Manatee County except as part of a customized package.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
County Attorney's Office has prepared draft documents and been provided with staff comments for the discussion in the work session.  A public hearing to accept public comment is required before adoption of a Tax Abatement Ordinance.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Upon award of Tax Abatment Project approval by BOCC

Attachment:  Resolution Exhibit A EDTE Policy Guide.pdf
Attachment:  EDTE BCC Presentation March 2014.pdf