Whiteland seeking to lure businesses to new area

Whiteland has grown in area by about a third in the past six months and now is working to attract new businesses and development to the newly added land.

The town annexed 700 acres in July and has since formed a five-member redevelopment commission and is starting the process of creating a special taxing district that would set aside property tax dollars for future economic development.

Once in place, Whiteland’s first tax-increment financing district would set aside property taxes collected from new development in the annexation area. That money would go toward projects to attract development, such as road and infrastructure improvements, instead of going to fund local services such as town government, libraries and schools.

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