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County to consider incentives for new manufacturer


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BROOKSVILLE - County commissioners Tuesday will consider approving an incentives package for a manufacturer that plans to expand into Hernando County.

Baker Parts, based in Westport, Mass., has made industrial and commercial bakery equipment since 1980.

Company officials plan to lease an existing 24,000-square-foot facility at 16020 Aviation Loop Drive at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center.

The company intends to hire 30 full-time workers during a three-year period with average annual wages of about $35,000.

"Baker Parts is an excellent fit for our community, offering valuable jobs to our residents," said County Administrator Len Sossamon. "Their investment in the existing facility will be a positive for the technology center."

Total cost for the incentive contract, if all performance conditions are met, is $90,000 to be paid over a five-year period. If the incentive package is approved Tuesday, Baker Parts will start its expansion immediately.

The county commissioners meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St. in downtown Brooksville.

Also on the agenda:

??The board will present a resolution to former Hernando County Fire Chief and Public Safety Director Mike Rampino, who resigned March 7 and took a fire chief's job in Manatee County. Rampino had been with the county since 1988 and, including his tenure with the former Spring Hill Fire Rescue District, had 26 years of service in Hernando County.

??Circuit Court Clerk Don Barbee will present the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The report shows Hernando County's assets exceeded liabilities by $607 million for that period.

??Commissioners may discuss a letter received from Hernando County Fair Association President Robin McAndrew notifying them of several upgrades done at the fairgrounds last year. Those improvements include repairs to the building infrastructure, groundwork and clean-up.

To view the entire agenda and see backup material, visit http://hernandocountyfl.iqm2 .com/citizens/.

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