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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • City Commission: Manufacturer gets tax break, US-50 bid under budget

  • Roto-Mix, a manufacturer of livestock feeding and mixing equipment, will receive a partial tax exemption for 10 years following a unanimous vote by the city commission on Nov. 4.
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  • Roto-Mix, a manufacturer of livestock feeding and mixing equipment, will receive a partial tax exemption for 10 years following a unanimous vote by the city commission on Nov. 4.
    The exemption covers $3 million of the company's planned 20,000 square foot, $5.5 million expansion. In the first year, Roto-Mix will receive a 100 percent reduction in property taxes on the expansion. Each following year the reduction will decrease 10 percent. The rest of the expansion, comprising capital equipment and office furnishings, is already exempt under state economic incentive laws.
    Roto-Mix has been located at 2205 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. since 1965. It also has facilities in Hoisington and Scott City. Expanding the facility in Dodge City presented some difficulties due to being "landlocked" on its seven-acre site, Roto-Mix President Mike Hildebrand told the commission prior to the vote.
    The site improvements and construction should be finished next summer, Hildebrand said, and will include a new, higher-capacity and more-compact painting system, replacing the one that's been in service since 1965.
    The Kansas constitution allows municipalities to grant up to a total exemption of ad valorem taxes on property improvements to companies engaged in research or manufacturing, as long as the improvement creates new jobs. Roto-Mix expects to hire 10 more workers in the first year, three more than reported in the city's economic impact projections.
    Also during the Nov. 4 meeting, the commission accepted a bid to resurface US-50 from border to border as part of the state's KLINK cost-sharing program. The bid from Klotz Sand Company of a little more than $328,000 came under the city's projected cost of nearly $400,000. Through the Kansas Department of Transportation program, the city will pay roughly $164,000 to repair the road.
    Traffic on US-50 has increased significantly since Wyatt Earp Boulevard was removed from the Kansas highway system, engineering staff reported, and is "starting to show signs of deterioration." Work is expected to begin in the spring.
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