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Company Looking to Buy Mill Seeking Tax Breaks 

The company hoping to buy two Maine paper mills is seeking $48 million in tax breaks over 10 years.Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue and East Millinocket board Chairman Mark Scally say Meriturn Partners LLC is seeking the tax breaks from the two communities.Last month, Meriturn signed a letter of intent to buy the mills by April 29 if several conditions are met, including the setting of favorable property tax rates for the mills.If the towns agree to the tax breaks as proposed, it would reportedly force local government layoffs and a vast reduction of services – unless the state or federal governments can help offset the revenue loss.The East Millinocket mill employs about 450 people. The Millinocket mill has been closed for the past few years.(Associated Press)