Cumberland County commissioners unanimously voted this afternoon to approve tax breaks for new businesses that move in to one of three old Carlisle industrial sites.
The goal is to attract new business to the site of the old Masland plant, which caught fire last year, the former Carlisle Tire and Wheel factory and the old Tyco plant.
New businesses will be eligible for tax breaks for five years.
Cumberland County Commissioner Gary Eichelberger says the move is not about catering to big business but about providing a boost to the regional economy.
"We should be welcoming [businesses] and, in the long run, they are gonna pay far more taxes," he said. "So it's a good thing to have them located there. The road improvements and things that are needed are generally born by those businesses as well, so we need the public to understand that offering incentives doesn't cost them money. In the long run, it provides them tax relief."
Greg Harder lives near the former Tyco plant on Hamilton Street. Harder said he's not thrilled that profit-making businesses will be getting tax breaks, but he said the move will help improve the north side of Carlisle.