Aransas County commissioners will hold public hearings at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in regard to a proposed Aransas County Economic Development Policy, which includes guidelines and criteria for tax abatement as authorized by Chapter 312 of the Local Government Code, and guidelines and criteria for tax rebate agreements and other incentives as authorized by Chapter 381 of the Tax Code. Another hearing will follow about the proposed creation of an Aransas County Economic Development Evaluation Committee.

At the conclusion of the two hearings, the court will discuss the two items addressed in the hearings, as well the proposed application forms.

The special meeting will be held in the Commissioner’s Courtroom in the Aransas County Courthouse (2840 SH 35 N.)

Michael Meek with Meek and Associates presented recommendations to the Aransas County Alliance Local Government Corporation (LGC) at its meeting Oct. 1.

Recommendations for the County included tax abatement guidelines and criteria policy, and Chapter 381 community and economic development program policy. Recommendations for the City of Rockport included tax abatement guidelines and criteria policy, Chapter 380 economic development program policy, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone policy, and Public Improvement District policy.

Meek followed up Nov. 11 in a meeting with Aransas County commissioners at which he presented, and the court briefly discussed, recommendations for economic development policies, programs, guidelines, and criteria to include in a County Resolution adopting guidelines and criteria for tax abatements and rebates pursuant to Chamber 312 of the Tax Code, Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act; and, recommendations for the County to adopt a Community and Economic Development Program pursuant to Chapter 381, County Development and Growth, of the Local Government Code; and additional recommendations and options for Economic Development policies.

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