5, the company announced that it was planning to build a $320 million poultry complex outside of Tonganoxie, Kansas — a relatively well-appointed bedroom community in Kansas City with a population of 5,300.
Then, on Monday, the Leavenworth County commissioners had rescinded its offer to pledge $500 million in revenue bonds for the facility.
He points to the median income in Leavenworth County — $63,000 a year — and compares it to the jobs that Tyson would have offered, which brings in closer to $36,000 a year.
For this reason, the opposition to new meat-processing plants often gets entangled in the larger backlash against immigrants that has taken shape in some parts of rural America in recent years and fueled by the current administration.
You have to increase classroom size, hire new teachers and increase the infrastructure of the school system — and that takes money.” And yet, tax giveaways to the companies proposing these projects often mean there’s often no money to pay those costs.