Tax exemption approved for industry

Published 7:15 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lincoln County supervisors have approved measures to grant free port tax exemption status for another local industry.

In their Monday meeting, the board unanimously voted to allow an ad valorem tax exemption for Great Southern Wood, an 11-acre treated lumber plant located on Boyce Street.

According to Lincoln County Tax Assessor/Collector Rita Goss, this year is the first time the company has applied for the exemption since opening its Brookhaven plant in 2010.

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The company operates 14 plants throughout the Southeast in addition to the Brookhaven location.

Supervisors also accepted a bid for repairs to an automated door-lock system located within the courthouse and other areas in the county facility.

Six doors were damaged presumably by a lightning strike during an April 11 thunderstorm.

“We are assuming it was lightning,” District Two Supervisor Nolan Williamson said Monday. “But we don’t know exactly what happened.”

The lowest quote for repairs was $6,013 made by Brown Security Systems of Brookhaven.

The cost will be provided by insurance coverage after payment of a $5,000 deductible.

In other matters, Ryan Holmes of Dungan Engineering announced that pavement maintenance has begun on a 50-mile stretch of selected state-aid roads in the county.

Dungan explained the process would include treating potholes, leveling uneven surfaces and wheel ruts followed by a micro seal of the surface.

The project is expected to take around 120 days at a cost of $2 million.