Polk County may be next to offer Amazon incentives to build warehouse

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Bartow, FL -- Much like Hillsborough County before it, Polk Commissioners are planning to discuss incentives to being an Amazon fulfillment center to Lakeland along County Line Rd.

The commission will discuss the possibility of offering the internet powerhouse a 75% reduction in property taxes, about $4.5 million in incentives.

Hillsborough Commissioners have already committed to taking similar steps in an attempt to lure Amazon to the Ruskin area. Last month, commissioners approved steps that would offer Amazon about $6.4 million in incentives in exchange for job creation guarantees.

See also: Hillsborough County takes big step toward landing Amazon

Amazon got the green light from Gov. Rick Scott last month, after the Scott changed his mind about bringing Amazon to Florida and the thousands of jobs it would bring with it.

See also: Why did Governor Scott change his mind on Amazon?

Taxpayers would eventually have to pay sales tax on Amazon.com purchases if the on-line retailer has a brick and mortar presence in Florida, but that may happen by that time anyway under a bill being pushed at the federal level.




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