Arlington city leaders OK incentives program to help GM expand

Arlington city leaders rubberstamped an incentives package Tuesday night to help General Motors expand.

The city council approved the first reading of a resolution giving GM tax breaks on a planned expansion at the Arlington plant –- a deal worth millions.

City council approved it quickly, with little discussion.

The $1.3 billion expansion will not only add square footage to the plant and increase production of its large SUVs, but it's also expected to add 539 new jobs.

After gas prices flirted with $4 a gallon five or six years ago, SUV sales slowed.

With gas prices now back under $2.50 a gallon, GM has had a tough time keeping up with demand.

The city council looked at a resolution that would secure tax breaks for GM. Arlington Mayor Bob Cluck says it secures the relationship the city has already with GM.

If approved, the final reading and vote would be at the end of this month.

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