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November 20, 2013

PA moves forward with annexation plans

PORT ARTHUR — Port Arthur took another step in the city’s process of negotiating in lieu of tax payments with local industry Tuesday.

City Council concluded the first of three public hearings to consider service plans for industry located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

City officials are attempting to forge industrial agreements with 18 companies in the ETJ, as well as Entergy. If those agreements are not negotiated by the time they expire on Dec. 31, the city will move forward with its annexation plans.

Most of the companies involved already have agreements in place that are about to expire, though a couple are new, Val Tizeno, city attorney said.

“We will have to annex in the event we are unable to complete the agreements,” Tizeno said.

Typically, the companies pay a negotiated fee in place of property taxes since they are not located within city limits, but are in the ETJ.

If annexed, the city would be able to collect property taxes, but would be required to provide full municipal services such as water and sewer, police and fire protection.

City Manager Floyd Johnson said the city has not yet finalized agreements with any of companies, but has until Dec. 31 to complete the task.

“There are none signed, they are still pending and being considered by various industrial developing partners,” Johnson said.

A second public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. The third is next Tuesday, Nov. 26, during the regular City Council meeting scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Atofina, BASF (Old Sandoz,)BASF/BASF Corp/BASF Fina/TOTAL (BTP,) Chevron Phillips, Chevron USA, Flint Hills, Ineos Phenol, Oxbow Calcining, Port Arthur Steam Energy, Praxair (located on property on the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery,) (Valero) Premcor: Hydrotreater Refinery Expansion, (Valero) Premcor: Tier II, (Valero) Premcor, Refinery and HOUP, Total Veolia, Air Products, GT Omniport, and Praxair.

Entergy, which has metering locations and substations, is located in the ETJ, and is subject to the annexation plan.

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