One of the significant advantages of having new industries invest in a community is the potential of an increased tax base. In Columbia County, we have already seen the effects of this from one important industry – renewable energy. Before the wind industry invested in Columbia County, our tax base was just over $286 million. Ten years later, our tax base has risen to $868 million. This is an increase of 227%. A larger tax base means more revenue for local governments like cities, counties, library districts, fire districts, ports, and so on. The tax base numbers make it clear: when new businesses come to Columbia County, Columbia County benefits.
Read about how our newest industry, Columbia Pulp, will benefit Columbia County here.