Issue: 1169 Date: 1/17/2013
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Shrewsbury Commission Opposes Subsidies For Walmart
The Tax Increment Financing Commission of a St. Louis County town is opposing $15 million in subsidies for a planned Walmart Super Center, but the project might still get the go-ahead.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the issue is generating strong feelings in Shrewsbury, where more than 200 people attended a commission meeting Wednesday January 9, 2013 night. Though the commission denied a recommendation for the subsidies, the Board of Aldermen will ultimately have final say, and many expect the board to override the commission.
Developers want to build the new Walmart at the site of an abandoned movie theater on Watson Road. Critics oppose tax breaks to the world's largest retailer. But supporters fear the loss of the project would further deplete services in the cash-strapped community.