Local governments anticipating GM production

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- With auto assembly and engine production set to ramp up at the General motors plant in Spring Hill, local governments are anticipating an increase in revenue.

New production at the plant means local governments in Maury County will see restoration of payments that were lost when the carmaker moved production of the Traverse SUV and idled back the plant three years ago.

GM announced in November that it will begin building the Chevrolet Equinox sport utility and a new Ecotec engine at Spring Hill in the second half of this year.

The Columbia Daily Herald reported Maury County Mayor James Bailey said the county has lost close to $500,000 in anticipated revenue since 2009.

The lost payments were the result of a 2006 amendment to an in-lieu-of-tax agreement.

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