Victoria County Courthouse

Victoria County commissioners meet in the Victoria County Courthouse, 115 N. Bridge St.

The Commissioners Court will hear a presentation from the executive director of the Victoria Regional Airport on another federal grant for the airport at Monday’s meeting.

“It would be for the purpose of constructing a hangar that could be leased out to tenants throughout the year,” said County Judge Ben Zeller. “But it would also have the dual purpose of being used as an Emergency Response Center, a staging area in the event of a natural disaster or hurricane.”

The hangar could also be used to house some of the airport’s offices, Zeller said.

The federal Economic Development Administration grant would require a 20% match from the county if approved, Zeller said.

Monday’s meeting will be an opportunity for the airport’s executive director, Larry Llerena, to present the grant to the Commissioners Court and receive direction from them as to whether they want to pursue it this year or not.

The court will also consider a resolution supporting House Bill 4103, which would allow for the state’s portion of the Hotel Occupancy Tax from a qualified future hotel and convention center to be returned to the City of Victoria for use as an incentive for the development of the hotel and convention center.

A similar resolution was passed by the City of Victoria in early March. The bill was recently passed out of the House and is now waiting to go through the Senate.

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Glenn Wilson

Rick Dockery May 10, 2021 10:37am -- Once again the Advocate has failed to provide a Reply check box, so I'm replying this way.

"If I don't want to take the grant, it will be lost. If I take it, it will encourage government intervention in what should be a private sector. Ie... the catch-22. If Victoria has a need for an airport, then the government should not have a need to subsidize it. The market will provide." -- The block grant isn't for an airport, just a new hanger on the existing airport. Since part of the hanger's purpose is to provide rental income, then, as you say, the market will provide. In the meantime, why should the county foot the entire bill when the federal government is willing to take on some of the load? What is it you're afraid the feds are going to be encouraged to do if the county takes their money? The federal money, like the county money, comes from taxpayers, so we would be getting a little of ours back as well as saving a bunch upfront.

Rick Dockery

I agree that accepting a grant would be beneficial. Long term, I would rather have the airport self sustain minus government funding. That’s just my opinion on most government funded projects that a market should sustain.

Mike Gomez

Got to love Victoria’s conservatives love for federal grants..:-)

Rick Dockery

It's a catch-22. If you are going to take our money, it makes sense to get some back. Ideally, the airport either sustains itself or not.

Mike Gomez

It’s not a catch -22, the federal grants apply equally to all the states. Always has been. I made that same argument but I said “if we don’t take the grants our neighbors will.”

Conservatives like block grants which gives states more flexibility. Accepting federal grants means that conservatives accept the “we the people” when it suits them.

I believe Victoria needs an airport…whatever it takes.

Rick Dockery

If I don't want to take the grant, it will be lost. If I take it, it will encourage government intervention in what should be a private sector. Ie... the catch-22. If Victoria has a need for an airport, then the government should not have a need to subsidize it. The market will provide.

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