San Patricio County Commissioners approve financial incentives for proposed Exxon plant
SAN PATRICIO COUNTY -
San Patricio County Commissioners approved a tax abatement for the proposed ExxonMobil plant with a 4-1 vote.
The two square mile piece of land just outside of Gregory and Portland was approved at the Commissioners meeting as a Reinvestment Zone for the proposed Exxon/SABIC project.
The public had an opportunity to voice their concerns to the judge and commissioners during a Public Hearing before the Reinvestment Zone vote.
To recap, those who are against the facility say a major concern is that the plant, which would produce chemicals used to make plastics, would bring light, noise, and harmful emissions to an area with nearby homes and schools.
Citizens who are for bringing the project to Gregory-Portland say it will bring in much needed jobs and strengthen to the local economy.
County Judge Terry Simpson said the plant is something that is needed in San Patricio County. "They need these jobs. They need this company. Therefore that is why I'm making my decision based on the majority, not the minority. I'm sorry about that," said Simpson. "I wish we could represent both. But we can't."
The Gregory-Portland ISD school board is set to vote on their portion of Exxon/SABIC tax abatement Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm.