Published 5:24 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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The Opp City Council will hold a public meeting on March 16, to determine whether or not to enter into Project Development Agreement with Jack’s Family Restaurant.

In the outlined agreement, Jack’s will acquire property, construct and operate a Restaurant within the corporate limits of the City and the City will assist in the form of a sales tax rebate of forty percent (40%) of the sales taxes generated by the Restaurant, for a period of no more than twelve (12) years or until a total rebate has been delivered of $150,000.00 (whichever occurs first), for the purpose of promoting the development of commercial property within the City Limits of Opp which is projected to create a significant number of full and part-time jobs. The City believes that the Restaurant development together with the provision of the assistance will have at least the following public benefits: promote and continue economic and industrial development within the City, increase the City’s tax revenue, provide additional employment opportunities for the City’s citizens and otherwise promote the health, welfare, and prosperity of the citizens of the City.  Further, the City will seek to determine at the public meeting whether the expenditure of public funds as described in this notice serves a valid and sufficient public purpose, notwithstanding any incidental benefit accruing to any private entity or entities.

Opp Mayor Becky Bracke said they have been working for a long time to bring Jack’s to the city.

“Rick Clifton with the Economic Development Commission has been working on it for years,” Bracke said. “I started working on it when I became mayor. We were first told that they weren’t going to be making Jack’s that far South, but now they have changed their minds. We finally came up with something that I think will work.”

Bracke said Jack’s coming to Opp means the city is open for business.

“It just makes the pie a little bigger,” Bracke said. “It means more jobs coming to the city and the property value is going to go up in the city. It also gives another establishment for our citizens to choose from. It really shows that Opp is open for business.”

Bracke said the building would be built where the Old Dairy Queen was in Opp.

“We are really looking forward to Jack’s coming,” Bracke said. “From the people that I’ve talked to in the city, they are excited, as well.”

The public meeting will be held March 16, at 6 p.m., at the City Hall in Opp.