Northampton County Council votes against Dixie Cup property tax relief | Lehigh Valley Regional News

Northampton County Council voted 1-8 against a tax break that could have applied to a warehouse in the former Dixie Cup building in the borough of Wilson.

Council Chair Lori Vargo Heffner said the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance, or LERTA, may be revisited at a later date. The property’s $400,000-plus in overdue taxes was cited as one of the reasons for voting against the tax relief.

County Executive Lamont McClure had vowed to veto LERTA if it was approved. He said taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize a warehouse that would bring traffic and pollution to the already congested 25th Street corridor.

A New Jersey-based developer had proposed turning the 640,000-square-foot building into what it described as a “last-mile logistics facility.”

The building has been partly vacant for years and is deteriorating. Wilson and the Wilson Area School District had approved tax relief for the property.

The land is in an industrial area and a warehouse is a permitted use, but the developer said it needed the county’s blessing to go ahead with the project.

John Brown was the only one to vote in favor of the 10-year industrial property tax reduction.

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