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Millions offered to keep National Beef in Brawley

(Incentive package delivered, and several hours of conversation held)….The package is being studied.

The conversation is not over, yet. District 4 Supervisor Ryan Kelley commented at the Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting on efforts of the Ad-Hoc Committee he is sitting on. The committee was put together to negotiate an incentive offer designed to convince National Beef not to close their Brawley facility. Kelley said the incentive package included the City of Brawley’s offer to reduce water/waste water rates by $700,000, the Imperial Irrigation District’s offer to reduce energy rates by $2.1 million and the County offer of $3 million in Ag Benefit funds. The package was submitted Monday. Kelley said the committee then spent several hours on the telephone with National Beef officials. It ended with National Beef asking for more information. The Supervisor said the state has been notified of the possible closure, and the governor’s office has contacted National Beef twice. Kelley said all offers were subject to the approval of each individual entity. The Ad-Hoc Committee consists of Kelley, County Supervisor Ray Castillo, Imperial Irrigation District Directors Steve Benson and Matt Desert, Brawley City Council Members George Nava and Donald Wharton, and Bill Plourd and Paul Cameron representing the Cattle Industry.