PANHANDLE – The Carson County Commissioner’s Court today approved a reinvestment zone for Mesa Power.
Mesa Power, L.P., had requested that the northeast corner of the county be designated a reinvestment zone for alternative or renewable energy and power facilities eligible for tax abatement under the state’s tax code.
It is the fourth reinvestment zone in Carson County. County Judge Lewis Powers said the first reinvestment zone was for the White Deer Wind Farm. The second one extends east from Conway in the southern part of the county. The third one was for High Plains, L.P., next to Pantex.
Following a brief hearing this morning with few public comments, the Carson County Commission unanimously approved Mesa’s request to designate about a 50 square mile area in the northeast corner of the county as a reinvestment zone.
The only people speaking during the 15-minute public hearing today were Monica Coffey, a Dallas lawyer representing Mesa and Jack Black, the business manager of the White Deer School System.
Coffey outlined the legal boundary for the reinvestment zone. It extends roughly five miles west from the Gray County line and 10 miles south from the Hutchinson County line.
It essentially extends from the White Deer Wind Farm north and east to cover the northeastern corner of Carson County.
Carson County Attorney Scott Sherwood said the southwest corner of the reinvestment zone meets the northeastern corner of the White Deer Wind Farm.
Last fall, Gray County approved a reinvestment zone for Mesa across the northern third of Gray County.
By David Bowser
14 January 2008
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