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Kenosha city council to vote on Amazon conditional use permit

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - The city council in Kenosha is scheduled to vote Monday night on city financing and a conditional use permit for Amazon.Com. 

The Internet retail giant plans to build a distribution center just east of Interstate 94. It promises 1,100 full time jobs, plus up to 2,500 seasonal employees. 

Developers say they want to start building as soon as possible, so the site can open by next fall.

Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman says the new facility would have an assessed value of $170 million. He believes it would send a message to other companies that Wisconsin is a good place to do business. 

The city plans to spend up to $18.2 million in tax incremental financing for public amenities like roads and sewers for the new center. It would be funded by the increase in total property taxes that the project would generate. 

There's also been talk about possible state assistance. Officials have not confirmed that yet.

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