County IDA re-ups OSG tax break

NORWICH - Yet another business is poised to receive a break on its property taxes as a result of the year-end gathering of the Industrial Development Corporation last week.

IDA board members, meeting at the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce offices in the Eaton Center on Dec. 20, decided to proceed with an application to renew a payment-in-lieu of taxes agreement for OSG Pharmaceuticals of North Norwich.

The IDA officially awarded PILOTs to the potential buyer of the Eaton Center in Norwich and Bytheway Publishing Services of North Norwich. A public hearing and formal vote on OSG’s PILOT will follow after the new year, sometime before the company’s previous benefit expires on March 1.

This is the fourth, 10-year, 50 percent rate reduction agreement awarded to the pharmaceutical companies that have occupied the current OSG site since the mid 1970s. The Norwich Pharmacal Company received a 10-year, 50 percent reduction agreement upon constructing the building in 1975. Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals requested and received two facsimile PILOTs, one in 1986 and again in 1995.

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