Information available to public varies between area cities

If you request a document from the city of Greenwood showing whether a company is following its side of an agreement to get tax breaks, you’ll see that the company’s spending on equipment is blacked out.

How much the company promised to spend on equipment is public information, but the amount the company has actually spent is allowed to remain confidential under state law.

State law requires companies to report the amount of money they spend on machinery and technology if a city or town is giving them property tax breaks on the equipment. If a company doesn’t provide that information, then a city can’t know if a business is keeping its promise to invest in the community in exchange for tax breaks.

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