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Commissioners to discuss TIRZ participation

March 5, 2019

The Commissioners’ Court will consider participating in the City of Odessa’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone at their next meeting set for 10 a.m. Thursday in the commissioners’ courtroom, located in the Ector County Administration building annex at 1010 E. Eighth St.

Ector County Commissioners and other taxing entities were given the option to contribute to an economic development zone that would help fund public improvements and revitalization efforts for downtown Odessa.

Ector County Judge Debi Hays and commissioners have expressed hesitation with signing the county up for the TIRZ because it does not directly benefit county residents or address their main concerns such as infrastructure and law enforcement shortages.

Hays said the county was not a vital participant for the TIRZ.

“What they do downtown is not going to fix roads in the county,” Hays said, “whether we support it or do not support it the city will move forward with or without us.”

A TIRZ allows property taxes within a defined area to be frozen at a base level for 20 years and any tax increment collected above the determined baseline from captured appraisal value would then go into the TIRZ to pay for public improvement projects.

Odessa City Council approved establishing a TIRZ from Second Street to Eighth Street and Adams Avenue to Bernice Avenue.

The Ector County Hospital District and Odessa College have each approved their participation in the TIRZ and Ector County Independent School District cannot participate by law. Ector County is the last taxing entity left to make a decision.

City Development Services Manager Vanessa Shrauner said those that join the TIRZ are allotted a space on a board that decides what areas are addressed.

“We can find joint projects that make sense for you, make sense for us and make sense for downtown more importantly,” City Manager Michael Marrero said during a TIRZ presentation in November to the Court.

There is no stated deadline that commissioners must decide by, but Shrauner said the process would be smoother if all entities determined their level of participation within the first year.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Greg Simmons and Hays have said the Court has not come together to formally discuss the item since the original presentation in November.

“I don’t have a set opinion until we decide to talk about it and hash out the pros and cons,” Simmons said.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, COMMISSIONERS WILL

Review and take necessary action regarding the 2020 Census.Consider amending the Vote Centers due to unopposed ECISD Board Trustees Positions 1, 3 and 6.Consider an agreement to contribute Right of Way Funds regarding SL338/US385 in the amount of $135,890 and to approve a budget amendment to Capital Projects Fund, Road Construction, 045-990-5508 from Capital Projects Fund, Unreserved Fund Balance, 045-3310 for $135,890.Take necessary action regarding Official Bond and Oath of Tax Assessor-Collector Chief Deputy Clerk Lindy Wright.Consider accepting the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ending Sept. 30, 2018.Consider approving a proposal submitted by HOK for conceptual design services for a new Ector County Youth Center.Accept the resignation of the Compliance Director and move the supervision of the department under the Post-Sentence Monitoring Director effective March 1, 2019.Consider revising sections of the Employee Handbook to require department heads to report absences.Take necessary action on West Iwana Road, North Trinidad Road and North Westcliff Road being 2.94, 4.32 and 4.16 acres in Section 24, Block 44, T-2-5, T&P RY. CO Survey, Ector County, Texas.Consider approving a Replat of Lot 14, Block 3 Nolan Acres Ector County, Texas.Consider approving a proposed MHRC Community Carrillo RV Park on 2960 Sendero Drive, Odessa, Texas.Consider approving a Replat of Lots 12 and 13, Block 2, Gage Acres, Section 5 as described in Cabinet A, Page 28-A, Ector County Plat Records.Review and take necessary action regarding the Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for March 7, 2019, and review County financial statements and reports.