Emerson OKs Freeport exemption, Sunday sales
by Jason Lowrey
Nov 07, 2012 | 1041 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emerson will be able to make itself more attractive to business investment opportunities with the passage of its Freeport Tax Exemption question in the Nov. 6 ballot.

By approving the exemption, Emerson voters are allowing the city council to pass an exemption ranging in 20 percent increments from 20 to 100 percent.

The Freeport tax is a tax on manufactured goods stored in within Emerson city limits that also applies to goods that may be shipped to other locations in the state and out of state. Bartow County currently has an 80 percent exemption, and during the Republican primary, many county commissioner candidates wanted to raise that exemption to 100 percent.

In a recent interviews with The Daily Tribune News, Emerson City Manager Kevin McBurnett said the city council would likely follow the county’s lead in setting the exemption rate.

The first question passed with 127 votes and 65.5 percent of the vote. The second question passed with 119 votes and 63.3 percent of the vote and the third question passed with 99 votes and 52.7 percent of the vote. The first question received a total of 194 votes while the second and third question received 188 votes each.

Emerson votes also approved two measures allowing Sunday package and alcohol sales. The package sales were approved with 136 and 69 percent of the vote and Sunday sales by the drink were approved with 133 votes, or 67.9 percent. Approximately 196 votes were submitted for both questions.

Ballots for the Freeport exemption and Sunday sales measures were submitted at Emerson city hall rather than other voting prescients.

All numbers are unofficial until confirmed by election officials.