Success for Assemblymember Garcia’s Imperial County economic stimulus bill

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IMPERIAL Governor Brown signed Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s (D-Coachella) AB 755, Capital Investment Incentive Program, October 12. This measure was sponsored by the County of Imperial in efforts to boost the ability to attract large manufacturing facilities and industries, such as renewable energy, to invest within the community, according to a press release from Garcia’s office.

The bill will extend the sunset for one year, until January 1, 2019, of the Capitol Investment Incentive Program, which allows a local government to offer local tax abatement to qualified manufacturers if it chooses, said the press release.

“The extention of this program with allow Imperial County, which currently holds the state’s highest percentage of unemployment, sufficient time to take full advantage of this much-needed economic driver. The ability to bring in these types of manufacturers and industries, such as renewable energy, would provide critical jobs and tax revenue for the area,” said Garcia in the press release.

“The Capital Investment Incentive Program is a significant economic development tool that Imperial County takes advantage of to attract businesses, specifically renewable energy and advanced technologies,” said Imperial County Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Michael Kelley, District 3 Supervisor, in the news release.  “These businesses result in benefits to our community’s economy and we are grateful to Assemblymember Garcia for his efforts to extend the program.”

Earlier this month, another legislative request from Imperial County, AB 798, Local Government: Counties: Consolidation Of Offices (E.Garcia) was signed into law. This bill may save the county significant costs by converting the Public Administrator’s Office from an elected to an appointed position, and allow the appointment of the same person to the offices of Public Administrator and Public Guardian.

Sunday is the deadline for Gov. Brown to sign 2017 legislation and Garcia said he eagerly awaits the outcome of his remaining measures.