Stihl urges Va. to end tax for tools and machinery

Stihl is urging a Virginia commission to drop machinery and tools taxes statewide, citing its experience in Virginia Beach. The company used to pay $500,000 a year there for its machinery and tools tax, but when the city ended the tax Stihl made new investments there, said Michelle Chapleau, spokeswoman of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development. A statewide removal of the machinery and tools tax would help manufacturers become more competitive in the global market, Carter Barrett of Stihl said.

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