The Shelton City Commission was briefed Monday night on five suggestions from SAVER (Shelton Alliance for Viable Economic Revitalization), a subcommittee of the Government Affairs Committee from the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce. In order to help attract new businesses to the downtown area of Shelton, SAVER suggested the City put a moratorium on its sign requirement for 180 days; waive the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax for the first year of operation; waive the Traffic Impact Fee for new businesses locating to existing buildings; create low rent incubator space as an incentive for businesses to locate downtown; and work with the Chamber and the Economic Development Council of Mason County on marketing available spaces. Heidi McCutcheon is the Chamber’s Executive Director:
These suggestions were originally presented to the City last fall and have since been refined. Monday night’s briefing was to inform the new Commissioners of the suggestions which were, fore the most part, well received. However, Mayor Gary Cronce wants a further legal review:
Commissioner Dawn Pannell restated the concerns she had last fall relating to B&O:
Not every Chamber member agrees with these suggestions. Forest Cooper from Cooper Studios expressed his concerns to the Commission at the end of their meeting.
No action has been taken on the suggestions and they will be brought back to the Commissioners in the coming weeks.