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County gives tax exemption to GE Aviation

BATESVILLE — The Panola County Board of Supervisors has approved a 10-year tax exemption for machinery and equipment and a separate tax exemption for inventory for GE Aviation.

The three-year-old GE Aviation plant in Batesville is set to employ 500 workers by 2013.

Officials tell The Panolian that the tax exemptions will save GE Aviation about $289,800 annually.

Bill Bryant, a tax consultant for Panola County, says the tax exemptions do not include tax payments to South Panola public schools, which are $213,900 annually.

The Batesville plant is presently expanding its 300,000-square-foot building located along Mississippi 6 East.

The plant makes composite components for the GEnx jet engine, which will power Boeing’s new 787 and 747-8 aircraft.

Source: The Panolian

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