Council: Amazon project full speed ahead
Victory for the Amazon proposal, as the town council voted tonight to offer Amazon the tax abatements the company has asked for, in order to build its 1.5 million square foot fulfillment center in Windsor, in an lot off Day Hill Road.
The vote followed a robust discussion, during which a number of Union members - some of them from Windsor - urged for more stringent conditions in the agreement that would force Amazon to hire locally for, both, construction and operation. On the other hand a large group of Windsor residents and business leaders demanded that the council accept the deal without strings attached, many indicating their unease to impose guidelines on the operating practices of the company, and their fear that any conditions might force the company to cancel its plans, leading to the loss of 400 prospective local jobs.
A secondary discussion started when council member Aaron Jubrey asked for the tax abatement to be lowered to 50% instead of 60% that was the Amazon proposal, finding support from Deputy Mayor Al Simon, who had already explained at length why he was asking for a number of conditions to the agreement. Council member Jody Terranova also supported the lower number, but the motion failed 6-3.
The motion for a 60% tax abatement structured over 5 years passed 8-1, with Al Simon casting the opposing vote.
The proposal to reduce the building permit fees was also approved, again 8-1.
Now the ball is in Amazon's court.