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July 21st, 2009
Updated: County, city work on biomed incentives

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
News Reporter

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.

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0 thoughts on “Updated: County, city work on biomed incentives

  1. That is great news. 190 jobs at $38,000 = $72 million in salaries over 10 years. If 25% of those employees turned into new San Marcos homeowners, the property taxes from those homes would more or less offset the tax rebate to the facility.

    More importantly, these are jobs that can lift some of the people of San Marcos up. $38,000 per year is not spectacular, but it is more than twice the per capita income in San Marcos today and a big step in the right direction.

    This is the sort of stuff we should be pursuing.

  2. Great to hear. This is exactly what many of us have been asking for in this community. Maybe Grifols will give me a job, I’m sick of commuting to Austin! The Grifols website is promising.

  3. Maybe I can actually afford to live in San Marcos, now that we are starting to get living wage jobs, as opposed to the degrading perma-temp service industry jobs at the outlet mall! Those temp agencies have been robbing us blind for years, hopefully this will be the beginning of a new trend in employment.

  4. And…

    ask yourself the question. Who has owned (still owns/consults?) those temp agencies in the past, and has greatly benefited from all of the low paying temp jobs that have been “created” in San Marcos.

    And ask yourself why our city government insists on doing everything it can to perpetuate these low paying retail “temp” jobs, rather than really taking decisive measures, over the past four years to raise the median living wage, and the standard of living here in San Marcos.

    Follow the money trail.

    Yes,..it’s sad,….for US, but unfortunately we just get to lay back and enjoy it.

  5. An average salary of $38K could easily mean a bunch of low-wage jobs averaged in with top management’s big bucks.

    Are these people actually promising to pay most of their employees around $30 or $40 thousand dollars a year?

    That would be good news indeed, but I am skeptical when I see the word “average”.

    Reminds me of the story about how, when Bill Gates moved into his neighborhood (or was it his kids’ school system?), the average per capita income went from like $50K a year to over one million. All depends on who you hang around with.

  6. The jobs they list on their website are not generally low-wage positions, although I am sure there will be a range of salaries. Phlebotomists make about $25-30k. There are a lot of those positions listed. They have quite a few medical supervisor positions listed, requiring EMT, LPN, RN, BSN, PA, or Nurse Practitioner license. Those probably pay decent wages.

    It will be interesting to see what the jobs are, but I’d be surprised if most (if not all) did not represent a significant improvement over our current per capita income of about $16k per year.

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