THE PAS – A last ditch plan to save hundreds of jobs in The Pas has failed, at least for now.
The town was offering massive tax breaks to Tolko Industries, to try and keep them from closing the town’s paper mill. The proposal would have seen Tolko pay no business, property and education taxes for three years.
Mayor Jim Scott says he spoke to the company Thursday morning, and they don’t seem willing to budge.
“They haven’t changed one bit,” says Scott. “It would appear that they are focused on turning that plant off on December 2nd.”
Scott says the company did ask if they could forward the offer on to potential buyers for the mill.
He’s still hopeful they can find a solution, and hopefully new ownership for the mill.
“I think I need to be optimistic,” he says. “It’s important we don’t just turn our backs on everything and say ‘oh well we tried.’ There’s lots more we can do.”
Scott says they have a consultant working with them on potential options over the next few weeks.
More than 300 people will be out of a job if the mill closes as planned.