The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously denied a taxpayer group's challenge to nearly $300 million in tax breaks given to a DaimlerChrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio.In the 9-0 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the municipal taxpayer group had no standing to challenge tax or spending decisions based solely on their status as taxpayers. He wrote that the argument added "yet another level of conjecture to their already hypothetical claim of injury."
To entice DaimlerChrysler to open a $1.2 billion Jeep assembly plant in the area, the city of Toledo and two local school districts gave the company a 10-year exemption from property taxes, and the company received additional investment tax credits against the state's corporate franchise tax.
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