WASHINGTON CO. COMMISSIONERS APPROVE REINVESTMENT ZONE FOR DOUBLE R BRAND FOODS

TAX PHASE-IN AGREEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED BY COMMISSIONERS LATER IN MAY

  
Brenham | Washington County Economic Development Director Susan Cates said at Tuesday's Washington County Commissioners meeting that Double R Brand Foods, doing business as Burton Sausage, would hire 25 employees for the start of production, with plans for 40 employees if it expands.

Washington County is moving forward with plans to potentially award a tax phase-in to a company looking to restart meat production at a facility just outside of Burton.

Commissioners on Tuesday approved the creation of a reinvestment zone that would be used for commercial tax phase-in for Double R Brand Foods, LLC, doing business as Burton Sausage.  The company is looking to reactivate production at the plant, located on over 18 acres at 11700 Highway 290 West, by investing in equipment and renovation at the site.

Brenham | Washington County Economic Development Director Susan Cates said the company plans to have 25 employees off the bat and seeks to explore the possibility of expanding further onto the property and growing to 40 employees.

 

 

Cates said the company estimates a capital investment of $2 million in the facility, not including exterior improvements or upgrades to the detention pond.  She said it has worked extensively with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to make sure all water and wastewater systems are acceptable for its planned production, and that the TCEQ has provided all necessary approvals for the project to proceed.  However, expansion at the site would require additional water supply.

 

 

In January, the Burton City Council declined a proposal to annex Burton Sausage into the city, after saying the cost to reroute city utilities to the company would be too expensive.

The actual tax phase-in agreement between the county and the company is scheduled to go before commissioners later this month.

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  1. West Washington county is in need of more commerce and this venture with a food company seems to be a good fit. The potential for growth is there and a job vs no job. Hope it’s approved.

  2. This is, no doubt, good news for the residents of the Burton area, for the company will employ at least 25 locals to start out with in good, high paying, stable jobs. With the added 15 later on, that will give an economic boost to the local business scene. Certainly, the few dollars in lost taxes under the phase in agreement will more than be made up for by the added spending by the employees in the Burton businesses and the property taxes those employees will pay on the homes that they buy and/or build in Burton. I’m certain that many Burton High School graduates would find employment here to be worthwhile and close to home, as well as being good for teaching valuable skills that are needed in today’s economy.

  3. This, sounds like a good plan for Washington County.
    I hope it works out, and it can be back up to what is was before.

  4. Commissioners, when is this going to stop? Burton would not give them because it was too costly and now you are going to give them a tax break! How about giving everyone in the county that break?

    1. The reason you want to give companies tax breaks are obvious. Unless you are going to start employing people then you don’t get a break. But the sad truth is everyone is hiring a new company won’t make people go to work. Cut off government assistance that pays more than people working everyday would boost the economy more than anything.

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