Ozark Approves $250,000 Deal with Car Dealership

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OZARK, Ala. (AP) -- The Ozark City Council has approved a $250,000 agreement with Gilland Motor LLC that's expected to help bring a Ford dealership to Highway 231.

Reports say that the council approved the deal with a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

Plans call for Gilland Ford to be located across from Gilland Chevrolet in Ozark.

Eric Basinger, executive director with the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation, said the new dealership is expected to bring about 25 new jobs.

The agreement allows Gilland Motor to collect half of the city's 1 percent motor vehicle sales tax for up to five years or $250,000, whichever comes first. City Attorney Joe Adams said the money will primarily go to help build turn lanes and exits required by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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