STATE AND LOCAL INCENTIVES
Seguin Economic Development Corporation
The Seguin Economic Development Corporation receives a 1/4 cent sales tax to offer businesses incentives in the form of forgivable loans, grants and infrastructure improvements. The incentive is based on job creation/retention, capital investment and payroll. (As determined by Board & Staff).
City of Seguin
The City of Seguin offers municipal property tax abatements for real and personal property. In addition, the City offers fast track permitting reducing the permitting process down to 30 days.
Guadalupe County also works with prospective industries and existing businesses by offering property tax abatements on investment of over $1 million.
Seguin I.S.D. and Navarro I.S.D.
Both Seguin I.S.D. and Navarro I.S.D. approve Triple Freeport, which allows for a tax exemption on qualifying industry that has been in Texas less than 175 days.
State of Texas Incentives
The State of Texas offers several incentives for businesses looking to expand into Texas.
Skills Development Fund
The Skills Development Fund is an innovative program created to assist Texas public community and technical colleges finance customized job training for their local businesses. The Fund was established by the Legislature in 1995 and is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. Grants are provided to help companies and labor unions form partnerships with local community colleges and technical schools to provide custom job training. Average training costs are $1,000 per trainee; however, the benefit may vary depending on the proposal.
The Self-Sufficiency Fund is a job-training program that is specifically designed for individuals that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The program links the business community with local educational institutions and is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. The goal of the Fund is to assist TANF recipients to become independent of government financial assistance.
The Fund makes grants available to eligible public colleges or to eligible private, non-profit organizations to provide customized job training and training support services for specific employers. A joint application from the employer and the eligible public college and/or eligible private, non-profit organization is required to be submitted to the Local Workforce Development Board for review and comment prior to approval.
Texas Enterprise Zone Program
A community with less than 250,000 in population may have up to four enterprise projects. A community with 250,000 in population or greater may have up to six enterprise projects. Upon a community designating a business as an enterprise project, and upon that project’s designation being approved by the state, the business would be eligible for the following incentives:
State Sales and Use Tax refunds
Beginning September 1, 2003, an enterprise project is eligible for a refund for state sales and use taxes paid for building materials, machinery and equipment, electricity and natural gas purchased and consumed in the normal course of business and depending on investment amount and number of jobs created/retained. The refund can be an amount ranging from a minimum of $2,500 per job to a maximum of $7,500 per job if the project investment amount is as follows:
– Greater than $40,000 and less than $400,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 10 jobs created/retained
– Equal to or greater than $400,000 and less than $1,000,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 25 jobs created/retained
– Equal to or greater than $1,000,000 and less than $5,000,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 125 jobs created/retained
– Equal to or greater than $5,000,000 and less than $150,000,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 500 jobs created/retained
Further, eligible items include tangible personal property purchased and consumed in the normal course of business and taxable services. Receipts for purchases of building materials and machinery and equipment and payroll information are required to be retained as part of the audit process.
Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program
The Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program is an economic development tool designed to provide financial resources to non-entitlement communities. Funds from this program can be utilized for public infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, etc.) needed to assist a business, which commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low and moderate-income persons. The minimum award is $50,000 and the maximum is $1,500,000. The award may not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total project cost.
Texas Capital Fund Real Estate Development Program
The Texas Capital Fund Real Estate Development Program is designed to provide financial resources to non-entitlement communities such as Seguin. Funds must be used for real estate development (acquisitions, construction and/or rehabilitation) to assist a business, which commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low and moderate-income persons. This program encourages business development and expansions located in non-entitlement communities. The minimum award is $50,000 and the maximum is $1,500,000. The award may not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total project cost. Funds are provided with no interest accruing and with payments based on a 20-year amortization schedule.
Section 380.001 of the Local Government Code authorizes home-rule municipalities to offer a range of incentives designed to promote state or local economic development. To determine the latitude of whether a particular incentive or combination of incentives constitutes a “program …to promote state or local economic development”, Seguin should consult their city attorney.