Action Properties delivered some good news to Yazoo City last week with the announcement that new business is coming to 49 Junction and additional developments are planned on Jerry Clower Boulevard.
Yazoo County got some more good news this week as the Helton family offered to donate land for the construction of a new District 3 Fire Station.
AG Helton, CEO of Action Properties, formally offered the property to the Board of Supervisors Monday. The property is located on Jerry Clower Boulevard near the entrance to Enchanted Hills.
District 4 Supervisor Jayne Dew said the county certainly appreciates the donation, but she wanted to know why the Helton family would donate such a valuable piece of property as it is one of the few remaining spots on Jerry Clower Boulevard that has potential to be commercially developed.
“We’re both business people, and I want to know why you want to do this,” Dew said.
“I want to see what’s best for Yazoo City,” Helton said. “My son Graham just made a presentation to you, and he’s the third generation of my family to do business in Yazoo City. This is where we live, and we want what’s best for our community.”
The board accepted the offer, and County Engineer Larry Dixon will determine the size of the area needed for the fire station.
Earlier in the meeting, Graham Helton with Action Properties discussed developments at 49 Junction and the new site they call “Hidden Valley.” Action Properties is requesting a seven-year land tax abatement similar to what was used to establish 49 Junction.
A Little Caesars pizza restaurant is currently under construction at 49 Junction.
Graham Helton said the restaurant will be about 1,800 square feet and will create about 18 new jobs.
Action Properties is in discussions with other businesses interested in locating on the site. New parcels have been created so that the businesses may be eligible for the land tax-abatement that was established by the state.
“We are talking with three or four national clients,” Graham Helton said.
AG Helton said the land-tax abatement is a tool Yazoo City should use whenever possible to attract new business.
“In order to get development here, you need incentives,” he said.
Action Properties previously appeared before the Yazoo City Mayor and Board of Aldermen seeking the land tax abatement. The city will consider approval when the terms are clearly outlined.The county board said it will approve the request following the city’s approval.
* Benton resident Herbert Jones complained that his property taxes increased significantly due to agriculture land values going up.
Jones said that although the county says it is not raising taxes, landowners with land classified as agriculture use will be paying more.
“Owners of farmland will see a 4.5 percent increase,” Jones said.
Jones also complained that property owners didn’t receive adequate notice.
Tax Assessor Beverly Ladner said that the state sets the land values for agriculture land. She said the county has no control over the process.
Dew said the county absorbed the millage increase by the county schools to prevent a millage increase. Jones said the county did increase its budget, however.
Jones said the county should be joining together with other counties to lobby against the tax rates increasing.
District 1 Supervisor Caleb Rivers said the board would discuss the matter with the Mississippi Association of Supervisors.
“We need some relief,” Jones said.
* The board approved the purchase of new turnout gear for the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.