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Posted on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

Tool maker given 7-year tax abatement by Dexter Village Council

By Lisa Allmendinger

With construction almost complete to double its current lab space in Dexter’s industrial park, K-Space, which manufactures diagnostic tools for the semiconductor industry, was granted unanimous approval for a seven-year tax abatement Monday night by the Dexter Village Council.

Daryl Bartlett, owner of the company, told the council that the company has 21 employees and he hopes to add 10 to 12 new employees in the next 18 months.

He said his company has recently “gotten into the solar panel industry” thus the need for the expansion.

The company was given a tax abatement for about $85,750 in personal property and about $704,000 in real property improvements.

Despite the abatement, the village will still receive about $2,677 in additional revenue during the abatement period, which will increase to $5,354 once the seven years expires.

Bartlett said the village granted K-Space an abatement when the first half of the buildings were built, which expires in 2013.

During the abatement period, “The village benefits by receiving 50 percent of the tax revenue that we wouldn’t otherwise have received if the company had not made the investment,” according to a memo from Courtney Nicholls, assistant village manager.

The company, which started in 1992, is constructing a one-story, 6,840-square-foot addition to its current building in the Dexter Research and Development Park off Dan Hoey Road. Bartlett said he expects the construction to be completed soon.

K-Space was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2011 Exporter of the Year award for Michigan, the Midwest and the nation.

The facility is located at 2182 Bishop Drive, near the village’s water tower.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.



Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 3:24 a.m.

Just makes the homeowners share of the tax burden higher.

Stupid Hick

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 12:42 a.m.

When I read articles like this I always have to wonder there's any benefit to the community, or if it's nothing more than a politically-connected business owner getting a windfall for something he would do anyway.

Stupid Hick

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 6:55 p.m.

I do think about that but what does it have to do with the article, which is about an addition to an existing facility in Dexter? If I were a homeowner in Dexter, would I get the same consideration from the Village Council if I were to tell them: "I'm thinking about adding a den and a bathroom, which I estimate will add $50k to the taxable value of my home. Maybe I'll do it in 5 years, or maybe I'll do it now if you'll abate my taxes for the next two years. I'll save money and you'll get more tax than if I wait 5 years?" Should the role of Dexter Council be to grant favors like that? What is the public benefit?

I like Chicken

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 10:45 a.m.

Did you ever think the business owner decided to build where he did because of the tax abatement offered?