Public hearing tonight on Agro Farma expansion deal

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Town Hall will host a public hearing at 6 tonight on a proposed property tax incentive for Agro Farma, makers of Chobani yogurt, as the company embarks on a $134 million expansion plan.

The Greek yogurt manufacturer, which currently employs 823 at its Town of Columbus main plant, is seeking a $3.8 million assistance package from the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency. The incentives include a sales tax exemption for construction materials and supplies for newly-built facilities. Agro Farma is also asking for a partial property tax exemption on the new facilities over a 10-year period, and an exemption on mortgage recording tax.

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