Lavaca County to get new natural gas plant

Aug. 16, 2010 at 3:16 a.m.

Enterprise Products Partners, a Houston natural gas company, has chosen to build a new processing plant in Lavaca County.

County Judge Ronnie Leck said he spoke with Enterprise's director of property and transaction tax, Curt Tate, Monday afternoon. Tate confirmed the company had authorized funding to start looking for land to purchase in the county.

Company representatives had discussed the possible plant with county commissioners during a special session Wednesday.

The company was also considering building the plant in Karnes County.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Leck said Monday evening. "It's going to help out the tax base and overall, help everyone out."

The plant could increase local property tax revenue by an estimated $30 million and local sales tax revenue by $1 million, according to the proposal from the company.

The company had requested a 10-year tax abatement, which the court was going to consider at its meeting on Aug. 23. However, Leck said the company was not ready to approach the court regarding the abatement.

The issue will be discussed at a later meeting, Leck said.



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