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Harrisburg Council considering properties for tax breaks

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The old Bishop McDevitt High School may not be vacant for too much longer.

Apparently there is at least one person or group who is interested in developing that property. It is one of a handful of properties across the city that have been requested to be turned into a Keystone Opportunity Expansion zone.

It will be up to Harrisburg City Council to decide which sites get that designation. As such, they become exempt, for up to ten years, from the city's real estate tax, earned income tax, net profits tax and mercantile and business privilege taxes.

For the city, it's a fine line to walk; sacrificing tax revenue in exchange for new business.

"It's like any good plan, you've got to go through the process," said councilwoman Susan Brown-Wilson, who is also the chairman of the Economic Development Committee. "You have to look at what benefit is going to be arrived at by the end of the day."

Wilson said she will have at least one and likely a couple of public meetings on the latest round of properties under consideration.

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