The Stutsman County Commission used a special meeting Friday, June 11 to gather input from local governments that will be affected by the ADM soybean crushing plant planned for Spiritwwod near the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park.

ADM had requested a 20-year payment in lieu of taxes at $200,000 per year. The payment would replace the estimated property tax on the facility of about $600,000 for the 20 year period.

Representatives of Spiritwood Township and Barnes County North School District each asked the incentive period be shortened to 10 years.

Brian Paulson, chief of Jamestown Rural Fire Department, asked that some sort of payment to the fire district be provided in any tax incentive agreement.

"For me, it's about the safety and well-being of our firefighters," he said. "If this is approved, we would see a reduction of about $20,000 with the demolition of Cargill (Malt plant)."

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Richard Klose, chairman of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department Board of Directors, said the department has had to purchase specialized equipment to be prepared to fight fires in the industrial facilities at Spiritwood.

No final tax incentive package was discussed and the item is on the agenda for the Stutsman County Commission's meeting at 3:30 p.m. on June 15.