"County OKs TIRZ No. 3 participation" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County will participate in the City of Bay City’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone for the Marguerite Meadow subdivision, commissioners court decided at its regular meeting Monday, April 17. 
   Commissioners approved a resolution and an agreement to participate in the city’s TIRZ No. 3 and appointed commissioners Kent Pollard and Gary Graham to serve on the board of that TIRZ.
   The 20-year TIRZ created for the 19.2-acre, 64-lot subdivision at the end of Marguerite Street calls for 90 percent of the Bay City, Matagorda County and Matagorda County Hospital District property taxes from that zone to go for reimbursing the development costs.
   Matagorda County now joins Bay City’s participation in the TIRZ. The hospital district board hasn’t taken up the measure.
   One of the subdivision developers, Bruce Grover, and Bay City Community Development Executive Director D.C. Dunham were present for the discussion.
   During the public comments section, William Popek, 2501 Marguerite, moved in front of where Grover was seated with Dunham and told the court the TIRZ was diverting public money to pay for a private development and would raise overall property taxes.
   The court can’t respond to comments from the public, County Judge Nate McDonald explained.
   Commissioners also approved a resolution opposing the passage of Texas House Bill 2533, filed by Fort Worth State Rep. Charlie Geren (R), which limits local governments’ authoritiy to bring pollution suits.
   County Attorney Denise Fortenberry told the court the proposed bill will tie the county’s hands in enforcing pollution and nuisance violations.

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