Gas plant tax break decision delayed

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Annova LNG, a liquefied natural gas company, that would like to come to the Port of Brownsville is asking for a property tax break.

County commissioners at the Cameron County Court House listened to residents as they voiced their concerns.

KVEO caught up with a few of them to get their thoughts.

“They’re a multi-billion-dollar company they can afford to pay their taxes like I do I’m a small business owner here in town,’ Brownsville resident Teresa Saldibar said.

Right now the commissioners have tabled the vote, waiting to get a presentation of what the abatement would mean for the community.

“I’m holding our county leaders accountable in their decisions whether they do or not,” Saldibar said.

According to LNG the company would bring an average of 600 construction jobs that would last about three years to build the facility.

Representatives of the company say that the money they would bring to Brownsville would outweigh what they would pay to the county in taxes.

One resident says she just wants workers for LNG to get a good wage.


“We are hoping that the county commissioners will insist on these companies paying living wages to their contract workers which is at least $15 an hour,” Brownsville resident Mary Helen-Flores said.

Besides adding wages to the community other residents say they’d like for LNG. to find a location away from Brownsville.

“Opposed for various reasons. From the impact on their livelihoods to the impacts on their neighborhoods and the tourism industry the shrimping industry,” Brownsville resident Mary Helen-Flores said.

Another resident told KVEO, Brownsville relies on companies like LNG to pay taxes.

“We need all those taxes to improve our roads to improve our schools,” Brownsville resident Brenda Joyas said.

For now the Cameron County Commissioners have tabled the vote until they get more information.

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