The Burns Harbor
Town Council wants to hear from Indiana Flame Services why it is short the
number of employees it vowed to retain in its agreement for a five-year tax
The Council on
Monday saw copies of IFS’ CF-1 compliance form for 2016 pay 2017 and
observed that the company reported having 36 employees currently but one of
the conditions of the abatement stipulates that the 42 employees it had in
2013 must be retained through five years, as well as adding four more
employees at $203,000 total increase in salaries.
The previous Town
Council had awarded the tax abatement on the basis that IFS would put in
$155,000 of new equipment resulting in a few additional employees.
Jane Jordan told the Council Wednesday that IFS had complied with its
equipment side, despite the discrepancy regarding the number of employees.
Christine McWilliams said that although the number has decreased, the amount
of salaries is within $18,000 of what IFS would need to be paying.
contemplated a motion made by member Andy Bozak for the abatement to
continue as part of the agreement is being fulfilled. Council President Ray
Poparad said since this is not the last year for the abatement, IFS could
still hire the employees needed and comply with the salaries within the
Jordan said that
the Council could wait until its next meeting before voting. Bozak withdrew
his motion after Poparad asked Jordan to invite IFS to July’s Council
meeting to elaborate on the issues.
From the audience,
Town Redevelopment Commission member Nick Loving aired his opinion that
“it’s a horrible idea to give a tax abatement to a company when they failed
To keep a check on
tax abatements, the Council passed a resolution that its president must sign
the compliance forms before they are given to the Porter County Assessor’s
Jordan said the
Town’s only other current abatement is the one with Praxair which had
submitted its forms to the Town some time ago and was judged to be in