In information available Tuesday morning, an Illinois wood products business is expanding to Metropolis’ Industrial Park. Planning to open during the year’s second quarter, the company has indicated it will initially hire 12 Massac County residents and expects within a year to double that number.
Under new business, McDaniel addressed a letter to the editor in today’s Planet from the Massac County Commission concerning the sharing of riverboat revenue.
Around 2005, the city and the county entered an intergovernmental agreement that the city would provide a monthly stipend to the county through casino tax revenue; previously, the city assisted the county on an individual project basis with that revenue. That agreement concluded in 2011 as “it was a necessity for the betterment of the City of Metropolis,” McDaniel said, noting he had not read the letter. “We’ve made some very, very harsh cuts in the last 1 1/2 to three years. We’ve cut things that are near and dear to each one at this table.”
McDaniel said the city in several ways aids in the community of Massac County and if the new revenue ever becomes available, he would be the first to suggest restarting the intergovernmental agreement. “I don’t think there’s anybody sitting in city government today that won’t jump on the opportunity to help our community; however, unless we can come up with some new revenue — not generated by imposing new taxes or costs to our citizens — we’re certainly going to take care of our own projects. Our job to the best of our ability is to take to care of the city residents first,” he emphasized.
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