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MCH board approves tax abatement, reports

September 5, 2018

The Ector County Hospital District board of directors approved a tax abatement agreement Tuesday for Oberon Solar, LLC.

The agreement has already been approved by other local taxing entities including the Ector County Independent School District, Ector County Commissioners Court and Odessa College. Wes Burnett, director of economic development for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, told the board Tuesday the company is expected to make a minimum capital investment in the project of $50 million.

Burnett said they are scheduled to break ground on the project in December and it’s expected to be completed in one year. The agreement states it would be a 10-year tax abatement. The company is seeking abatement on property taxes, which would not include personal property or equipment, among other items.

Burnett also said the project may end up being the largest solar project in the state of Texas, consisting of a 50 megawatt solar power plant in western Ector County.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD

Approved Finance and Joint Conference Committee reportsHeard a presentation on the quarterly quality reportHeard a presentation on a Human Resources reportApproved the Annual Organization Wide Performance Improvement PlanApproved the Annual Organization Risk Management PlanHeard a presentation on a Productivity Team 100 Day Workout report

The board was also expected to consider approval of MCH ProCare provider agreements and an NRC health agreement following an executive session Tuesday.

SPECIAL MEETING

The board will meet again this week for a special meeting to discuss the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget and proposed ad valorem tax rate.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Medical Center Hospital, 500 W. Fourth St., in the board room.

The board will also set dates, times and the place for public hearings on the 2018 ad valorem tax rate, if required, and a public hearing to accept comments from the public on the proposed operating and capital budget. In separate items, the board will also set meetings to vote on the budget and tax rate.

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