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July 12, 2014

Murchison ready to proceed with EDC

Athens — Voters in the Murchison city limits who desire to see business growth will have a chance to let their voice be heard in November.

The Murchison City Council passed two agenda items Tuesday in regards to the proposition to add an Economic Development Corporation in the city.

A certificate of formation was approved while a resolution was passed concerning the creation of the EDC.

If approved by voters on the November ballot, the Murchison EDC would be a Type B organization that could help fund a variety of projects. Several surrounding cities have Type B EDCs including Athens and Brownsboro.

Council is attempting to form an EDC board with up to seven members of the community with various business ties. An agenda item to appoint board members was tabled until the September meeting.

In an effort to represent all aspects of the city, the council is seeking members with business, education, religious and agriculture experience.

Type B sales tax may be used for any project eligible under Type A rules and several other project types, including quality of life improvements.

Type B corporations may pay for land, buildings, equipment, facilities, targeted infrastructure and improvements for:

• professional and amateur sports and athletic facilities, tourism and entertainment facilities, convention facilities and public parks;

• related store, restaurant, concession, parking and transportation facilities;

• related street, water and sewer facilities; and

• affordable housing.

To promote and develop new and expanded business enterprises that create or retain primary jobs, a Type B EDC may fund:

• public safety facilities;

• recycling facilities;

• streets, roads, drainage and related improvements;

ª demolition of existing structures;

• general municipally owned improvements; and

• maintenance and operating costs associated with projects.

Type B EDCs also may seek voter approval to spend Type B sales tax funds for a water supply, water conservation program or to clean up contaminated property.

For more information on the forming of the Murchison EDC, or to volunteer to serve on the board, contact city hall at 903-469-3710.

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