Ascension school superintendent: CF Industries deal would create growth

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Ascension Parish Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander says he believes an 80 percent property tax abatement for CF Industries’ proposed “green ammonia” nitrogen complex in Donaldsonville would lead to economic growth, reports The Center Square.

CF Industries plans to decarbonize its ammonia production network to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ climate change goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

If the Industrial Tax Exemption Program abatement is approved, the company would avoid paying 80 percent of the Donaldsonville complex’s property tax liability for up to a decade.

When asked whether property taxes could increase in the coming years to offset the missing tax revenue – estimated at $7 million over 10 years – Alexander said the tax perk could “increase funds.” The school board is scheduled to vote on the resolution Nov. 24. Read the entire story.