• Questions raised over company's request for tax incentives from Seminole County


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Up to 600 new jobs may be coming to Lake Mary. It's part of software company Digital Risk, LLC's expansion.

    The expansion was announced last fall when Gov. Rick Scott toured its Maitland headquarters.

    Channel 9's Bianca Castro has learned that the company is asking for a big tax break.

    The promise of new jobs is the kind of news Seminole County job-seeker Janice Shankle wants to hear.

    "We need more jobs now and I think it would be a great asset," said Shankle.

    County commissioners will decide next week whether to offer $600,000 in tax incentives to the company.

    Castro asked if the company intends to create new positions or if the jobs will be company transfers.

    Verizon Communications just got $7.5 million in incentives on the promise of 750 jobs in Lake Mary. But it turns out that a lot of those jobs will go to current employees transferring from out-of-state.

    At least one commissioner said that small piece of information is crucial in any tax incentive deal.

    "It's very important that these are new created jobs in this area that would not have come here would not have happened but for the incentive being a large part of it," said Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine.

    Digital Risk, LLC declined to answer Castro's questions until after the vote next week.

    Details of the plans will come out during a public hearing Tuesday.

    The company is reportedly also asking for tax incentives to create 300 jobs in Jacksonville.

    They said the average salary of those jobs would be $49,000.

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