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HaysFreePress.com January 20, 2016 Page 1D Francisco Reyes, who operates Aca Paco's with his dad Paco, believes a lot ness could be fixed with better placement of signs. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III of the traffic that's directed away from his busi- BY MOSES LEOS III eral business owners, the = ............................................ etoursarou t econ News-Dispatch Editor struction site have vastly :: ~iii~i','.i:,;~ For the better part of affected business. Hays two years, Paco Reyes, Sr. County initially placed saw significant business two signs completely ..... at his drive-through beer blocking off Bebee Road stand, along Be- bee Road in Kyle. But damage done to the Go forth Dam dur- ing the Oct. 30 flood event has now indirectly affected Reyes and ten other business owners. For Reyes, detours around the construe- , tion site are not only driv- ing away traffic, but are creat- ing a safety hazard. "What the hell is going on? Don't they see that traffic Aca Paco's, located when "I've got $40,000 to $50,000 invested in here and BOW I'm going to lose everything. I don't have enough money to start another business." -Francisco Reyes, owner of Aca Paco's needs to come through?" Reyes said. "I tmderstand traffic at the construction site isn't going through, but traffic needs to come in here." Reyes said their issues began roughly two weeks ago when Hays County placed signage around the construction site for the Goforth Dam repairs. But for Reyes and sev- construction started. A call to Hays County led them to move one of the signs. But its place- ment, which is in the right hand lane of traffic, is seen as a drop-offs, issues. hazard. "I sell a little bit, but Jones said Hays County "For not as much as I used would have to take a emergency to. I wasn't doing that "closer look" at the signs vehicles, good before, but now to assess safety issues. when they it's worse," Reyes said. While Jones understood have to get He added that he sold concerns from business to here, upward of $400 dollarsowners, he said fixing they are go- in product per day prior the dam is a concern the ing to have to the placement of the city, Hays County and the to force signs, with his shipments Plum Creek Conservation their way going from 100 cases of District is keeping an eye around it," alcohol to roughly ten. on. Francisco The construction has "The road hasn't been Reyes, also affected necessary improved since it was a Paco's delivery trucks that must (Farm to Market) road," son, said.make their way to the Jones said. "They can't fix "If it's two area. Francisco said the it without shutting the or three trucks struggle to get in road. It has to be fixed. vehicles, and out of the area. If (the dam bursts), the how are they going to get Other businesses have business will go with it." in? How are the fire trucks seen similar declines.Reyes understood going to get in?" Dollar General, located the implications of the The loss of business, near the intersection of fix, but believes moving however, has been the Bebee Road and Goforththe signs closer to the largest motivator for Road, has seen a 70 to 90 construction site, which Reyes and other business percent loss in sales, ac- is four blocks away, is owners to take action, cording to an employee, necessary. Reyes said he has seen Hays County Precinct "I've got $40,000 to an 80 percent drop-off in No. 2 Commissioner $50,000 invested in here business since construc- Mark Jones said he hasand now I'm going to lose tion started. Others, such toured the area, but that everything," Reyes said. "I as La Mexicana grocery he wasn't sure if anyone don't have enough money store; have seen similar had called about signage to start another business." SUBMITTED REPORT The Greater San Mar- cos Partnership (GSMP) announced Tuesday that the Hays County Com- missioners Court voted to exempt the Freeport tax liability of qualified businesses in the county. The Freeport tax is a property tax on goods and materials used in the manufacmring process for products that will be shipped out of state within 175 days. According to a release, Buda, Hays, Kyle, Moun- tain City, San Marcos, Uhland and Wimbefley have passed similar Free- port exemptions. With Hays County's approval, each one of the five counties in the Austin Metropolitan StatisticalArea (MSA) are Freeport exempt. The San Marcos Consolidated Indepen- dent School District (SMCISD) and Dripping Springs Independent School District (DSIDS) Board of Trustees had previously voted to approve the Freeport exemption, contingent upon approval by Hays County. With the Hays County Commissioners approval of the Freeport exemp- tion, the portion of the City of San Marcos that includes SMCISD can now claim triple Freeport status. Adriana Cruz, presi- dent of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, said in a statement that Hays County has taken an "important step to en- sure we are more com- petitive for quality job creation" with approval of the tax exemption. "Prospects have eliminated our com- munities from consider- ation based on this one criterion in the past. This puts us on equal footing to other communities in the Austin-San Antonio corridor who have triple Freeport status," Cruz said in a statement. Cruz added that there have been Requests for Information (RFIs) that GSMP was unable to respond to previously because triple Freeport was a requirement. What is Freeport tax exemption? The Freeport tax exemption provides an exemption from ad va- lorem taxation on certain types of inventory. Cities, counties and school districts in Texas have granted this exemption since 1990 to benefit manufacturers and stimulate economic development. When the city, county and school district of- fer the exemption, it is What is the The Freeport tax is a property tax on goods and materials used in the manufacturing process for products that will be shipped out-of-state within 175 days. generally referred to as a "triple freeport" com- munity. Most communities surrounding Hays Coun- ty have "triple freeport" status. That includes the communities of Lock- hart, Luling, Cedar Park, Leander, Pflugerville, Round Rock and New Braunfels. Freeport goods are inventories acquired or brought into the state by businesses and held for no more than 175 days before being shipped out of state and include goods, wares, merchan- dise, ores, and certain aircraft and aircraft parts. This exemption is only applied to inventory for assembly; storage, man- ufacturing, processing, or fabricating. It does not include offices, retail or other companies that may have inventories. FREEPORT COMPANIES IN HAYS COUNTY AND SMCISD There are 19 compa- nies in Hays County that utilize their respective city's Freeport exemp- tion. In order to ensure the county did not experi- ence a revenue drop in the short term, the Greater San Marcos Partnership worked with 10 of the 19 companies who would owe more than $1,000 prior to the exemption to enter into Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Agreements. These 10 companies agreed to continue to pay the Freeport tax dur- ing a five-year phase-in of the Hays County Free- port Tax exemption. The SMCISD Board of Trustees had previously approved the Freeport Exemption contingent upon Hays County's ap- proval. Similarly, to ensure the school district did not experience a revenue drop, the three compa- nies in the school district signed similar PILOT Agreements with the School District. Those companies, who would owe more than $1,000 prior to the exemption, will continue to pay the tax during a five-year phase-in of the SMCISD Freeport tax exemption. [ ............... ce .......... iii!! iiiiiii!ii::::i F~orish 361-920-0012 ~_, ,[ +