The Brenham City Council and the Washington County Commissioners held a joint workshop meeting this (Thursday) morning to hear a request from Del Sol Food Company for creation of a reinvestment zone and a Tax Phase-In incentive. Del Sol Food, who makes Briannas Salad Dressing, has purchased the adjacent ADS building and plans on converting it into their distribution center. The company looks to invest $2.8 million in converting the building and adding production areas in their current facility in the Brenham Business Center in South-East portion on the city.
Brenham’s Economic Development Director Susan Cates explained to the joint meeting that Del Sol is asking for a tax abatement of $53,000 from the city and county over a 10 year period. During that period, Del Sol is expected to pay over $1.5 million in property taxes to the city and county. Blinn College and Brenham ISD taxes are not affected by the tax abatement agreement. Del Sol says they plan on hiring 10 new employees, but they are asking for the agreement to allow them to do so over a 3 year period. Brenham City Council and Washington County Commissioners were in general agreement with that change. The Tax Phase-In Agreement is expected to be brought to both bodies for a vote in August.