A number of Tompkins County residents have voiced concerns with a request from the Cargill salt mine in Lansing asking for a $640,000 tax abatement on a new mine shaft. Cargill has applied to the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency for the tax exemption as part of a project to create a new ventilation and access shaft, which the company says the aging mine needs.
In its incentive application to the IDA, Cargill said that if it does not get the new access shaft, the mine will have to shut down in eight to 10 years, putting about 200 employees out of work. The new infrastructure will allow for another 30 years of safe mining, Cargill said.
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