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Tax program helps bring business to York Township

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YORK COUNTY, Pa.--

A new era for South Queen Street in York Township started in March 2014. A new tax program, called LERTA, is helping to promote business moving into the area.

"It just phases in over time, so the full tax doesn't hit year one," Springwood Hospitality CEO David Hogg said.

The program starts taxes at 10 percent of the full tax and over a 10 year period the taxes increase at 10 percent until it reaches the full real estate tax.

"With LERTA in place it put it over the edge in feasibility," Hogg said.

This is helping to bring businesses in who are succeeding.

"Success breeds success," Hogg said.

Primanti Brothers Manager Meredith Hoffman said it is an exciting time to be part of the movement on South Queen Street.

"We're making it so we're part of this movement and that they don't have to drive across town to grab something to eat," she said.

She said is from York and is happy to see the development of the area.

"This is actually growing into a community instead of just a couple of businesses along a stretch of road," Hoffman said.