County helps NRG with tax refund zoning

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Representatives of NRG Energy power plant in south Limestone County attended commissioners court meeting Monday to request that the county continue its support for an enterprise zone that makes the plant eligible for a state tax refund.

The proposed resolution was to authorize the county to nominate NRG Texas Power to the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division through the Economic Development Bank for designation as a qualified business enterprise project under the Texas Enterprise Zone Act.

“This is something we did five years ago to create an enterprise zone for NRG, which assists them in their projects out there,” County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the commissioners. “We kept that going and renewed every year, and now’s the time we have to reapply for that.”

Plant manager Benny Ethridge, business manager Jo Mahoney and community relations representative Jerry Stroud were there as well as two representatives of Ryan LLC, a tax services firm based in Dallas, one of whom addressed the court to formally make the request on behalf of NRG.

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