Columbia Gives Up Tax Incentive Program Amid Strong Opposition

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The Columbia City Council voted to eliminate the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board after hearing persistent concerns from residents.

Opponents of the EEZ, such as property owners, neighborhood associations and other civic groups, have resisted attempts to designate portions of the city as blighted in order to qualify the zone for state tax abatements intended to stimulate economic development. They worried about falling property values brought on by the blight designation.

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