Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 22, 2013

County gives tax break to new cancer center

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Navarro County Commissioners Court voted to grant a 50 percent, five-year tax abatement to M-Squared Oncology Leasing, the company that is building the Corsicana Cancer Center, on Monday when the group met in regular session.

The Cancer Center is set to open in September. The facility will cost about $2.8 million to build and will employ 20 full-time people, which more than meets the county’s criteria for a tax abatement, according to Lee McCleary, economic development director. The company has already received the same abatement from the city of Corsicana, and lacks only the college board’s approval for the tax abatement trifecta.

The commissioners expect to have a second meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday to meet with the architects about the renovation of the courthouse. At that meeting, they will be apprised of all the dates of the project.

In other business, the county commissioners took the following actions:

• Accepted a road bond from O’Brien Energy for SECR 3100, about a mile off U.S. 287. The company intends to drill a well in the area.

• Recognized the work of the passport agents in the District Clerk’s office, who passed a U.S. State Department review with flying colors. Those agents are Kristen Bates, Krystal Hogue, Kathy Cox, Carolyn Kilcrease and Carla Evans-Jones.

• Moved one of the May meetings from May 27 to May 28, to accommodate Memorial Day.

• Declared this week National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to bring recognition to the rights of people who are survivors of both violence and property crimes.

• Accepted both the treasurer’s report and the auditor’s report. They also approved modifying the HIDTA Grant by $3,617 (money which will not to go Navarro County, but which is merely administered by the county), and accepted a check from the Dawson Housing Authority in place of taxes.

• Conditional upon approval from the district attorney, accepted a contract with Ideal Storage to store some district clerk records found underneath the jail.

• Placed an order for new metal detectors for the courthouse to improve security. The intention is to eventually have only one entrance and exit to the courthouse.

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