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Economic Dev. Tax Incentives Columbia County Style: The Sausage Chronicle, It's political consideration

Economic Dev. Dir Jesse Quillen told the Board he refused to back date documents.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Last Wednesday at 4 pm, the recently formed Columbia County Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) met at its offices in the Lake Shore Hospital Authority.

On the docket for consideration were two requests for tax abatements from Billy Nettles, the owner of Nettles Sausage.

Presented to EDAB were two recreated and unsigned letters purporting to be requests for tax abatements, backdated to March 10, 2010; a letter from the County Manager saying he had a conflict of interest -- he is related by marriage to Billy Nettles; and from the Property Appraiser, Doyle Crews, a letter and two undated, recently recreated and completed tax exemption applications, in which Mr. Crews denied the Nettles Sausage requests for property tax exemptions. What was the EDAB to do?

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