Township approves IFEC for Hougen Manufacturing

FLINT TWP. — After holding a public hearing at the start of its meeting Feb. 7, the Flint Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 in favor of approving an application and letter of agreement between the township and Hougen Manufacturing for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate (IFEC). Treasurer Sandra Wright was not in attendance.

The approved application from Hougen Manufacturing, a township-based business, grants the company an exemption for 12 years on personal property taxes said Supervisor Karyn Miller. “It’s the contents in the building, like equipment,” she said.

During the public hearing, Greg Phillips, president of Hougen Manufacturing, addressed the board and thanked them for hearing the application. Phillips also said that in the original application, it was listed that the company estimated to hire seven new employees during the time period on the application, but it now needs to reflect hiring 14 employees since the company should have seven new employees within the next few months.

Also during the public hearing, resident Charles Birney spoke on the subject, wanting to know if there were “checks and balances” and if there was something the public could read to better understand what an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate is. Clerk Kim Courts asked Birney to stop by the township offices to pick up materials on the subject, and she also said that the letter of agreement outlines guidelines for the company to follow. Miller said the assessment department would oversee this as well.

“Hougen has been a very good business, and we’d like to keep them here and keep them happy,” Courts said in regards to the application and letter of agreement.

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