So, we've attracted some industry but it comes with a price. City Council approving, this week, a three year, 100% tax exemption for a company called Imperial Distillery. They have a plan to use two buildings on Ominica Street East to make whiskey.
City Councillors Scott McMann and Brian Swanson voted against the tax break and you can bet they're not the only citizens opposed. However, the comments on the DiscoverMooseJaw Facebook page would indicate the locals are pleased with this.
Shawn writes, "Mr. Tolmie, you...are a reasonable man. This city needs to invest in itself and its people and jobs are jobs. Frankly we need outside development and investment...Thank you for reasoning through this and the...people who will be working and...renovating the place will thank you also."
Ron replies, "You're assuming they will be hiring local and not bringing their staff with them..."
And then Steven says, "Even if they do hire outside...it's still money coming into Moose Jaw because they'll be buying things here and staying here. Either way it's a positive!"