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Public hearing set for Monday, June 6, on MinnWest Technology Campus property tax abatement

MinnWest Technology Campus has asked the city of Willmar for property tax abatement for three buildings on the eastern side of campus. A hearing is slated Monday. The management company was previously granted abatement is 2015 for eight parcels on the campus and has already met and exceeded the condition of that abatement for the addition of full-time workers.

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Whether the city of Willmar should give another tax abatement to MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar will be the subject of a public hearing to be held Monday, June 6, during the Willmar City Council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar.
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WILLMAR — MinnWest Technology Campus is asking the city for an additional property tax abatement as it continues to make improvements on the property.

The Willmar City Council set the public hearing for Monday, June 6, during the regular council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building in Willmar.

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MinnWest Technology Campus was granted its third tax abatement as the organization continues to remodel the old state hospital campus in Willmar. However, the Kandiyohi County Board did not approve a 100% abatement, instead choosing a step-down method that will equal a smaller abatement total for the technology campus.

A previous agreement approved in 2015 was for a 10-year property tax abatement of approximately $416,000 on the condition that MinnWest create a minimum of 175 full-time jobs and spend $8 million on capital projects and improvements by Dec. 31, 2025.

MinnWest has exceeded the number of full-time workers and continues to work on fulfilling the capital investment requirement, according to Willmar Planning and Development Director Justice Walker. The property tax abated to date is $265,620 since 2015.

MinnWest is now pursuing abatement from the city of Willmar for three additional buildings on the eastern side of the campus. City staff will present the finances of the project — and provide their recommendations — at the public hearing.

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: jkotila@wctrib.com or phone at 320-214-4339.
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