SNOW HILL – County officials voted to deny a request for a tax abatement from a solar company, citing the fact that the project wouldn’t bring many jobs to the area.
The Worcester County Commissioners agreed not to grant the tax abatement request presented by Byron Crawford of Longview Solar. Crawford had been seeking an 80-percent personal property tax abatement from the county.
“As much as I value solar energy, I don’t feel this is the right fit for our county,” Commissioner Chip Bertino said.
Crawford first approached the commissioners in June to ask for a tax break from the county. He said Longview Solar had two facilities planned, one in Berlin on Libertytown Road and another in Snow Hill on Public Landing Road. According to Crawford, the property owners who are willing to lease the company their land will use the proceeds of those leases to supplement their farming incomes.