The Washington County Commissioners approved a county economic plan at today’s (Tuesday’s) meeting over the objections of Precinct Three County Commissioner Kirk Hanath.
The plan would grant extra incentives to Tempur-Sealy to expand to Washington County. One of the incentives would be a cash grant to the mattress making corporation if they maintain the current 125 workers, add at least 75 workers to the payroll and make additional investments. Commissioner Hanath said this is a case of the government using tax money for what he called ‘corporate welfare.’
Precinct Two County Commissioner Luther Hueske said this was a necessary investment because Tempur Sealy had not signed the agreement to expand its operation in the county.
County Judge John Brieden said this was one specific case and that Tempur Sealy was closing down plants in other places and Washington County was fortunate to see its workforce expand.
Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Page Michel said these dollars would be coming back to the county.
Washington County and the city of Brenham granted a tax phase in for Tempur Sealy, a new corporation formed when Tempurpedic merged with Sealy Mattress. The phase in period is for five years.