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Update December 21: The State reports that Columbia is the first city to offer tax incentives to encourage local businesses to install sprinklers.
The unanimously approved measure will refund businesses 25% of the sprinkler systems, the state will also refund 25% -- effectively it's a 50% discount on the price of the systems that can easily cost thousands for a simple home.
First reporting: Months after the Legislature forced a bill offering tax incentives to encourage businesses to install fire-suppression sprinklers, no sprinklers are getting put in. Why? The law requires that local government enact the ordinance -- and share the cost of the tax break.
And with all the budget cuts going on, no one want to reduce budget intake.
A lack of a sprinkler system was cited as a partial cause of the fatal Sofa Super Store fire.