- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) - A judge is ordering the city of West Branch to pay nearly $500,000 in tax rebates to a manufacturer of wind turbines.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles ruled Thursday that the city breached an agreement with Acciona Windpower when it refused to reimburse part of its property taxes in 2013 and 2014.

The city had promised the company eight years of property tax rebates, under an agreement in which Acciona would invest $11 million in its West Branch plant and add 110 jobs over five years.

West Branch paid tax rebates the first three years as required. But in 2013, the city accused the company of not living up to its job-creation goal and stopping paying.

Scoles earlier rejected the city’s claim, finding the company had created the jobs promised.

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