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- Incentive Status: Active
- Application Due Date: 6/30/2020
- Program Duration: Started August 11, 2015 Ends June 30, 2020
Do I Qualify?
An eligible new business can qualify for the rebate of 50% of the City's share of general sales tax during the businesses' first three years of operation. An eligible expanded business can qualify for a rebate of 50% of the City's share of new general sales taxes (that is, sales taxes in excess of those previously generated by the business at its original location, using a three-year average as the baseline) attributable to the expansion. The City Finance Director shall determine the amount of the rebate using official general sales tax reports. Payment shall consist of 50% of the amount of new general sales tax revenue actually received by the City as a result of the new business operations in an eligible vacant building, beginning with the first quarter of operation following business startup.
In order to be eligible for the Vacant Buildings Sales Tax Rebate Program, all of the following criteria must be met to the satisfaction of the City Finance Director:
A. The business must have a valid City of Chowchilla business license and any necessary use of operating permits, and must be engaged in an enterprise which generates general sales taxes.
B. The business must either be a new business to the City of Chowchilla, or an expanding business. For purposes of this Program, a new business is any business that has not occupied property in the City of Chowchilla at any time during the twelve (12) calendar months immediately preceding the business's application. An expanding business is any business occupying property in the City of Chowchilla at the time of its application that expands its use by occupying property at a different mailing address than its pre-existing address without leaving any portion of its currently used property vacant.
C. An eligible "vacant building" is a building within the City which is deemed by the City Administrator as not occupied for business purposes. The City Administrator shall make the determination as to eligibility under these criteria, based upon evidence submitted by the applicant and his/her investigation of available data.
D. The owner/operator of the business shall make reasonable efforts to employ local Chowchilla residents.
E. The City shall evaluate whether the business meets the elements of Government Code Section 53084.5, 53083 and 53084 and act accordingly.
How to Apply
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