Joint meeting may or may not shed light


Aug. 9, 2010 at 3:09 a.m.

Up to $1 million in sales tax money could be approved for improvements to the Lone Tree Business Center, but the public may have to wait to hear the details.

The city council, commissioners court and sales tax board have a joint meeting scheduled for Thursday. However, officials are being mum.

Dale Fowler, with the Victoria Economic Development Corp., said he could not shed light on the $1 million being sought from the sales tax corporation. He referred questions about tax abatement wording on the agenda to City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz, who is out of town.

"We've always got projects and we're just trying to get people up to speed," Fowler said. "It's not much different than most of the projects we work on."

He said he would make public and private presentations at the public meeting, but would not say if the public will know more at that time.

Lewis Neitsch, president of the sales tax board, said he hadn't heard the joint meeting had been called. But he said he had been out of town and hadn't returned phone calls.

"I knew Dale has been working on getting some company in there," he said. "I have no idea what."

Mayor Will Armstrong had even less to say, noting he is bound by an agreement to not divulge information.



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