Controversial tax breaks for Mass. projects
Tax breaks: Up to $11,750 in state taxes, plus local tax breaks.
Astronaut Pizza received a tax break when it moved to a new location down the street from its old pizza shop five years ago, even though the owner says he had no plans to go elsewhere. The pizza shop received a 10-year tax break that included a 50 percent on its local property taxes for any improvements it made in the building. It also qualified for a state tax credit potentially worth $11,750 based on its promise to invest $235,000. The restaurant owner said he has two full-time employees, the same as his old restaurant. A competing pizzeria in Ware says the subsidy is unfair.