Left to right, Hays County Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton and San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz discuss incentives for Grifols, Inc. Photo by Sean Batura.
(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to show that the San Marcos City Council approved the incentives Tuesday night.)
By SEAN BATURA
Officials for Hays County and the City of San Marcos are working on a set of incentives that would bring a biomedical facility that would employ 190 people at an average salary exceeding $38,000 to San Marcos.
Hays County Commissioners voted Tuesday afternoon to offer Grifols, Inc., incentives to locate their facility in the City of San Marcos. The San Marcos City Council unanimously approved a similar set of incentives Tuesday night as a consent item.
After a closed-door meeting with San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Amy Madison, Hays County Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe (D-San Marcos) made a motion, seconded by Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-San Marcos) to refund Grifols, Inc., “75 percent of personal property and inventory taxes taken annually for ten years on each phase over a term of 15 years for an estimated total of $2,008,695 in exchange for the location of a biomedical facility employing 190 full time employees with an estimated average annual wage of $38,571.”
The motion passed unanimously without a vote cast by Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley), who had left for a meeting in Kyle.
“Congratulations to you, and to the team from the City of San Marcos, Mayor” said Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) to Narvaiz. “Nice to see you, and, thanks to the economic development efforts of San Marcos, I think it’s a potential win for Hays County and the city.”
Ingalsbe congratulated Madison and said she looked forward to working with the commissioners’ special council Mark Kennedy in future negotiations with all stakeholders.
“What we’re doing is making an offer,” Narvaiz said. “It’s not a done deal. Contracts haven’t been signed. But we’re working with the county and the state to achieve some of the funds that are available at the state level. So we’re just in the first step in this process. They (Grifols, Inc.) haven’t made their final decision yet … (The county) is authorizing us to make an initial offer in the steps of negotiations.”
Narvaiz said securing additional jobs made possible by the biomedical facility “would be phenomenal.”
She added, “But we can’t get too excited, yet. We now have their authority (and) tonight the council will take it up, and hopefully, the council will agree, too, and then it goes back up to the state. So there’s just a lot more work to be done. So when we know more, we’ll be able to share it, and we’ll all get to celebrate, but it’s too early to do that, yet.”
The city council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to offer a Chapter 380 Agreement to Grifols. The company would be refunded 75 of personal property taxes through 15 years. The city estimates the company’s tax break under those conditions at $1,829,190.Email | Print