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McDonald’s granted tax abatement
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REFUGIO COUNCIL MEMBERS SWORN IN
Christina Rowland photo
Mayor Joey Heard swears in new Refugio City Council members Karen Watts (left) and Wanda Dukes (right) at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
REFUGIO COUNCIL MEMBERS SWORN IN Christina Rowland photo Mayor Joey Heard swears in new Refugio City Council members Karen Watts (left) and Wanda Dukes (right) at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
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REFUGIO – The Refugio Commissioners Court voted unanimously at the Tuesday, May 28, meeting to approve the request of McDonald’s owner Randy Cothes for a tax abatement.

“We are in the process of rebuilding the restaurant,” Cothes told the court. “For a highway location, one restroom in the women’s was not acceptable.”

But it isn’t just the restrooms that are being upgraded. The old building was completely demolished, and a new one is being built in its place. More restrooms and a bigger dining area are just a few of the upgrades that will be in the new building when it opens in August.

This is a four-year abatement for $800,000. The first year the business will receive an 80 percent abatement, and in the following years it will be less and less.

“Thank you very much for the investment in Refugio County,” Commissioner Ann Lopez told Cothes.

In other items, the court approved the final draft of an agreement with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to purchase Odyssey Case Manager, Jail Manager and other software.

The software will be used in both jail and various aspects of the courthouse. Many things that were once done on paper will now be digitalized.

County Attorney Todd Steele reviewed the final contract prior to the commissioners approving it.

“How it is now written, I am certainly satisfied with it,” he said.

Judy Kenny, regional account executive, Courts and Justice Division for Tyler Technologies, told the court that it would take nine take months to get the program up and running.

The total cost of the software is $119,600 and includes 520 hours of training and go-live assistance once the program is launched live, with project management, setup, configuration, consulting and more.

Commissioner Lopez expressed some concerns about the staff knowing the program well enough before it was launched, and Kenny assured her there would be a go-live assessment done prior to the launch to ensure the staff knew how to use the new software.

The commissioners also unanimously approved lifting the burn ban for 30 days after hearing Chief Deputy Sheldon Wiginton give his thoughts on recent rainfall.

“At the present time, I would say let them burn,” he said.

Refugio did receive rain over the weekend but not as much as some of the neighboring counties.

The burn ban is lifted for 30 days, and the commissioners court will re-examine the situation during its second June meeting.

The commissioners also passed a resolution authorizing the submission of a community development block grant to the Texas Department of Agriculture. If awarded, the grant of up to $500,000 would be used for water improvements and upgrades benefiting Haffet Road and Humble Camp colonias.

An order was also adopted for the next 45 days that bans fireworks with sticks, fin or rudders. The order was accepted for 45 days and will get the county through the Fourth of July holiday.

County Judge Rene Mascorro was absent from the meeting.
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