Court nixes tax cut for Groesbeck business

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners in a split decision at Monday’s commissioners court meeting voted down a proposal to grant a tax abatement to an Oklahoma-based company that has begun construction on a facility in Groesbeck.

Chalmers Equipment, of Tulsa, Okla., which provides equipment for oil field companies, is opening a Groesbeck location, and that city has approved a five-year, decreasing abatement. No one from Chalmers or the city of Groesbeck was at Monday’s meeting to speak for it, however, and the proposal was defeated.

“It’s a facility they’re putting in between Ellison Steel and the highway here on (Hwy) 14; I think they’ve already started work,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen, in intnroducing the agenda item. “It would be about a million-dollar facility going on the tax rolls. The plan is to hire at least four people until they have it up and running.”