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Closing of Concorde tobacco plantation and local elections

Published on July 9th, 2007 17:07

Philip Morris decision about closing its North Carolina tobacco plantations is item of serious discussions, at least for local incumbents.

Closing of plantation, that are planned to be finished in 2010, will leave a mark in state life, not only socially but financially too. This notion was maintained by the biggest part of local officials.

Five from seven members of Concord City Council sustained that intent of remove will be key subject discussed during the campaign.

For example Dr. Hector Henry II, sixth district councilman, relating to Philip Morris departure, said that it isn't opportune time for introducing changes what can influence state prosperity. “It’s a good time to keep the same team,” Henry said.

Philip Morris, below the fact what it he had offered jobs for big number of locals, it also play important role in state’ budget. In 2006, the plant paid about $11.9 million in city and county taxes, while employees donated $900,000 to 30 non-profit organizations.

Jim Ramseur, second district councilman, sustained that he is planned to maintain the plant’s 2,100 acres zoned for industrial use, so will be available more job places. “We do not need unbridled residential housing projects on the Philip Morris property to overcrowd our schools and put more and more cars on our already packed roads,” Ramseur said.

Last year, the land cost around $1.1 billion.

Another district councilman, Randy Grimes, also sustained the idea that Philip Morris play important role on state economy. He sustained that the loss of the plant will have implications for the city and its tax base.