A big income tax-producing business will soon come to Rosenberg.
At the latest Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members agreed to create a reinvestment zone on 37 acres of land creating a luxury boat and RV storage space.
Mayor Bill Benton asked if this would bring jobs to the city.
“Very minimal,” Economic Development Director Jeremy Heath said. “It doesn’t require a lot of employees to manage that operation. This project is capital intensive.
“The investment was to the point I thought it was worthy (of) the council(‘s consideration). It’s about $6 million.”
The five-year tax abatement agreement that goes along with the reinvestment zone would net the city $24,000 of property tax revenue.
“I’m not too much of a fan of this particular abatement because there’s no new jobs being created,” council member Jacob Balderas said.
“They’re going to build whether or not they get this abatement. I don’t really see an upside here. We’re giving up tax revenue. We’re not creating a positive income for the economy.”
Council member Susan Euton said that the addition to the property tax base and sales tax is worth the abatement agreement.
“These are tough decisions we make,” Benton said. “They’re not life or death, but, hey, they’re not easy decisions.
‘We get excited, we get wrapped up, we have drama.
Let’s remember all the things we discus are not easy decisions. That’s why people elect us.”
Balderas then made a motion to deny the reinvestment zone. The motion was seconded by council member Kevin Raines, but failed 6-1. Balderas was the only aye for the motion.
Council member Isaac Davila then made a motion to approve the reinvestment zone. The motion was seconded by Euton and passed 6-1. Balderas voted against it.
The last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting of the year will be held Dec. 15.
Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.
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Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.