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Indian River Board of Education divided over PILOT

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PHILADELPHIA — One of the taxing jurisdictions needed to approve a proposed tax break for the fifth and final phase of the Clover Construction Co. townhouse development at Eagle Ridge Village feels divided.

The Indian River Central School District Board of Education did not agree about whether to accept the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the 92-unit addition to the project.

“What is the benefit to the district?” board member Donald L. Brumfield asked.

Business Manager James R. Koch said the complex addresses the housing need and the military market.

“And we play to the military market,” he said.

The $10.5 million fifth phase of the Eagle Ridge development at Route 342 and Goulds Corners Road in the town of LeRay would include 30 two-bedroom units, 16 three-bedroom units, 46 four-bedroom units and 86 garage units with parking and recreational areas.

Board member Peter D. Shue and Mr. Brumfield were hesitant to agree quickly to the PILOT.

Mr. Shue asked why those who fixed up dilapidated buildings to turn into businesses and rental housing did not get tax breaks while large corporations do.

Mr. Koch said that tax breaks are considered for those who ask and that Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency CEO Donald C. Alexander will be asked to attend a board meeting to answer any questions the members had on the proposed PILOT.

Not everyone was against the tax break, however.

“I have no problem with this PILOT,” board member Linda M. Capone said. “We’ve done it for the other ones, and I see no problem doing it for this one.”

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