Freeport goods exemption considered

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FEDC Director David Fowler presents commissioner's with information regarding the freeport goods exemption.
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Commissioners are considering exempting freeport goods in Freestone County in an effort to attract manufacturing companies. Fairfield Economic Development Corporation Director David Fowler presented the information to the court last week and said he is also working with the school district and the City of Fairfield to obtain a triple freeport exemption.

“This will attract businesses to come here, build a warehouse, create jobs here because it’s an incentive for them to come,” said Fowler. “The City of Fairfield has exempted. I have met with FISD and are pretty sure they will approve it in November.”

Fowler said a freeport exemption is only for goods that are manufactured and will be shipped outside the State of Texas in 175 days of less.

“[What it means is] we can use this as a tool to attract businesses here that we don’t have,” he said.

In 2017, the EDC purchased 75 acres off Old Mexia Road in Fairfield as part of a project to open 125 acres in the Fairfield Industrial Park. Fowler said the EDC recently awarded a bid to 5T Utilities of Huntsville in a pre-construction meeting to install new roads, sewer, water, and electricity.

“Fairfield and Freestone County is in competition to attract industry jobs,” said Fowler.

The court agreed to come back and revisit the issue.

In other court news, commissioners tabled an item regarding indigent healthcare. County Treasurer Jeannie Keeney received a bill for a careflight on an indigent patient.

“In the past I have not seen Freestone County pay for ambulance or careflights under the indigent health, but I have seen it done for inmates,” said Keeney.


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