night. its town council approved 10 year tax abatements for "saturn petcare." the company will locate in the former kellogg's plant in seelyville. that's where we find news 10's jon swaner. he spoke with the town manager about why these abatements are good for seelyville. ////////// rondrell, these abatements pave the way for 200 new jobs here. local leaders welcome the work saturn brings, and having a company simply locate here means everything to this small town. a lot has happened since kellogg's closed last october. the town council first discussed saturn petcare coming here last month. now, saturn has 10 year real and personal property tax abatements.
"they'll start by paying no tax and then it will phase in, so by the end of 10 years, the abatement will be complete and they'll be paying full taxes." the real estate property tax abatement is for $10 million dollars, while the personal property abatement is for $25 million dollars. the seelyville plant will be saturn's third, joining ones in germany and holland. most residents supported the abatments, but have concerns about the smell a wet dog food plant may produce. the company assures the town there will be no smell.
"the one that's in holland is surrounded by a high density residential area." "and they've had no complaints about odors." spier also said it's good for the town to have someone occupying this plant, which is front and center in seelyville on us 40.
"no one wants to drive the main road in their city or town and see a large building with a temporary chain-link fence in front of it and a gate. it doesn't speak well for the community or the building or the owner." //////// saturn expects to employ 200 people within 5 years. spier says most jobs will pay about $17 dollars per hour. and the plant should open by 2020. live in seelyville, i'm news 10's jon swaner, back to you. three future sycamore football players have a