Washington County Judge John Brieden says several new industrial businesses have either expanded or moved their operations to the county in the past year and the County Commissioners are looking for ways to bring in more and keep the current plants in place.
That’s why the County Commissioners are looking at a proposal for the Economic Program when they meet tomorrow (Tuesday).
Judge Breiden said when Tempur-Sealy asked the county for a tax phase in agreement for an expansion of their mattress making operation. Both the city of Brenham and Washington County gave the tax break but they asked for more incentives. Brieden says he was not sure if that would be legal unless the county adopted an economic program. That’s part of the discussion during Tuesday’s meeting.
In addition to the tax phase agreement, Tempur Sealy asked for a grant after five years if they added 75 workers and kept the current 125 workers. They would also pay these workers a minimum of $36,500 a year and make a half million dollar investment in their plant. Brieden said these incentives could only be offered if they were part of an investment plan.
Brieden notes that Tempur-Sealy has not fully decided to fully expand to Washington County and they are awaiting this decision from the county commissioners.
Judge Brieden said the amount of the grant would be revealed during Tuesday’s meeting of the county commissioners.
The Washington County Commissioners meet Tuesday morning at nine at the courthouse.