The Texas City City Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a sales tax rebate agreement with Buc-ees, which is planning to build a 60,000+ square foot store near Tanger Outlet Mall. Document
“Buc-ee's is the quintessential travel center being more than a convenience store,” said Deputy City Secretary Linda Jennings. “Buc-ee's has become the planned rest stop for many travellers in Texas. Buc-ee's typically build a 33,000 square foot facility along major highways and recently, due to its success, has built a few 54,000 square foot buildings. After negotiations with the Mayor of Texas City, Arch (Beaver) Aplin has agreed to build his largest Buc-ee's in Texas City.”
The abatement agreement is for 15 years - for one cent of the two percent sales tax the city collects for the general fund and economic development.
“The city gains not only sales tax, but promotionally as Buc-ee's, at its expense, agrees to promote Texas City in a various ways such as providing a kiosk strictly for Texas City's use and billboards to mention the location as Texas City for distances up to 25 miles,” Jennings said.
Buc-ee's intends to begin construction in December.
The city commission voted to renew its membership in the Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities.
“The city being an electric and gas utility customer and regulatory authority with an interest in the rates that it and its citizens are charged, the city is concerned about the impact of the rates on its citizens,” said Debbie Gurka in the staff report. “The Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities is a coalition of political subdivisions that represent the interest of its members on gas and electric utility matters before the Public Utility Commission, the Railroad Commission, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the courts.”
All other agenda items were approved unanimously. All members were present. Agenda