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Vote for Wayne Farms tax exemption pushed to July 19

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Wayne Farms executives will have to wait a little longer until the city votes on its proposed tax exemption.

Council members were expected to vote Tuesday night at the regularly scheduled meeting.
The vote was pushed back until July 19.
In June, the company asked for a $9 million tax break over the next decade.
This proposal was met with criticism from Mayor Johnny Magee.
He said funding a company that is laying off workers is not in the city's best interest.

“I don't feel that as the mayor of the city, that Laurel will be getting a fair shake by exempting this amount for ten years while we have so many people out of work,” Magee said. “It's difficult to vote on the tax exemption in the same month that the major layoff happened.”

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