“I would like to see as many tools in our toolbox as possible,” Council member Robert Castleberry said. “On a case-by-case basis, we can see how these tools fit.”
Council member Greg Jungman does not think Norman should incentivize coming to town but rather should focus on quality-of-life initiatives that will make businesses want to locate here.
Jungman said he does not want to take “tax dollars from families in our community” and gift that money to companies for providing below-average jobs. Jungman wants a high rate of wage as a minimum.
But others said Norman would be creating tax dollars and jobs that don’t currently exist, thus generating new income for residents.
Wood said some university graduates would like to stay in Norman if jobs were available.
At this time, the council still is creating policy. No projects have been proposed and no tax incentives have passed for any business.