Officials gather for first Amazon TIF meeting Monday

They expect Shreveport fulfillment center to bring other opportunities to the area
Rendering of Amazon robotics facility coming to Shreveport, La.
Rendering of Amazon robotics facility coming to Shreveport, La.(Project Cosmeaux)
Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 11:29 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Listed on the Caddo Parish Commission’s agenda, an Amazon TIF Advisory Committee met for the first time at Government Plaza in Shreveport at 1 p.m. Monday, March 28.

“A TIF is based on the increase in value in an area based on development that’s going on there. In this case, it’s the construction of the Amazon facility,” the Caddo Commission Clerk Jeff Everson explained.

District 3 Caddo Commissioner Steven Jackson spearheaded the creation of the tax increment financing district, which was passed late in 2021.

“It’s also about making sure that there’s activity to connect Amazon to the community,” Jackson said during the meeting.

Some of the topics:

  • Overview of Amazon TIF district
  • Organizing Amazon TIF district
  • Discuss district resident or businesses appointment
  • Establishing baseline
  • Industrial development board funds

It’s important to note the TIF district will not require an increase in taxes. During the meeting, Everson told KSLA that the baseline for property taxes has already been established but that they are still working on determining the baseline for sales taxes.

Anything above that baseline could be used toward the district.

“What we’ve seen previously is that when Amazon enters a certain area, then there are other opportunities that come with it,” District A Councilwoman Tabatha Taylor said.

Taylor was named chairwoman of the committee during Monday’s meeting.

In addition to Commissioner Jackson and Councilwoman Taylor, the committee is made up of District 3 Caddo School Board member Dr. Terrence Vinson and Amazon representative Jessica Breaux. The panel has a vacant seat, which is listed as “joint city/parish appointment.”

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