In a brief meeting Wednesday morning, Hamilton County commissioners agreed to execute a payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreement with a local company and reapproved a resolution to ban distillation of "intoxicating liquors" in unincorporated areas of the county.
Both items were approved unanimously.
The PILOT agreement, worth an estimated $350,000 in tax revenue, will benefit WNA Chattanooga, a local company that announced last week it would expand its facilities by adding a $6 million production line and hiring 53 new workers. The company manufactures thermo-molded plastic cups, plates and bowls.
The approval came one week after commissioners briefly discussed the item during their agenda session.
The group also approved a resolution to block liquor distillation in unincorporated areas of Hamilton County for the second time this year. In June, commissioners passed an identical resolution, but it was rolled back because it had been passed before a recently approved bill allowing for the distillation of liquor inside Hamilton County had fully gone through the legislative process. That action occurred July 1.
County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said the resolution was brought back because the group had considered it too early.
"We were advised that we were a little premature," he said.
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