Ron Johnson, endorsed candidate by the Democratic and Independence parties for Chautauqua County Executive, is urging county governments and local governments hosting the State University at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College campuses to work closely with New York state to develop new tax free companies and the new jobs they will create.
"One major knock on economic development has been that New York state's taxes are too high. The state has now decided to allow some new, tax-free companies to locate on our SUNY Fredonia and JCC campuses. Chautauqua County needs to grab this opportunity and run with it," Johnson said. "We have two major SUNYs in our county, and it would be an incredible opportunity for us to take advantage of this initiative. This will attract better jobs to the community and strengthen the county's economy."
"START-UP NY" will allow companies located on our college campuses exemptions from a wide variety of state taxes for 10 years. Businesses fitting the program's criteria will pay no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax.
"As County Executive, I will work every day to create an environment in Chautauqua County that fosters economic growth and good jobs for our residents," Johnson said. "We in Chautauqua County must work closely with the Governor and our state legislators to make sure Chautauqua County gains as many new jobs from 'START-UP NY' as we possibly can. While there were legitimate questions about this new effort to develop more jobs upstate, now that the state Legislature and the governor have enacted 'START-UP NY' it is our opportunity in Chautauqua County to gain some new, much-needed jobs for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren."