Constantine considers tax abatement

Members of the Constantine Village Council last week reviewed an application from Michigan Milk Producers Association for a tax abatement.

The request is for a 50-percent tax abatement for 12 years on a new $6 million processing facility. The council set a public hearing for Sept. 4.

The application states the project will increase MMPA’s milk processing to 1.3 million more pounds a day, with the addition of a 7,500 square-foot building to house new filtration and treatment equipment.

Projected ending date for construction is Oct. 13. It is expected to create 11 new jobs.

MMPA plant superintendent Mark Hopkins, and Southwest Michigan First Director Cathy Knapp attended the council meeting. Both said the council has worked well with MMPA in the past, and they appreciated the support.

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