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Texas city to offer Samsung large property tax breaks to build US$17 billion chip plant

Texas city to offer Samsung large property tax breaks to build US$17 billion chip plant

The logo of Samsung is seen on a building during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb 25, 2018. (File photo: Reuters/Yves Herman)

TAYLOR, Texas: The city of Taylor, Texas - one of two locations in the state under consideration by Samsung Electronics for a US$17 billion chip plant - plans to offer extensive property tax breaks if it is chosen by the South Korean tech giant.

Taylor is competing with Austin, Texas to land the plant which is expected to create about 1,800 new jobs. Samsung has also said it is looking at other potential sites in Arizona and New York.

Other potential sites have yet to disclose planned tax breaks.

A proposed resolution posted on the city's website shows that for the land Samsung will use, it is set to be offered a grant equivalent to 92.5 per cent of assessed property tax for 10 years, 90 per cent for the following 10 years and then 85 per cent in the 10 years after that.

Other measures include a 92.5 per cent tax waiver on new property built on the site for 10 years and the repayment of development review costs.

The proposed resolution will be considered on Wednesday (Sep 8) by the Taylor City Council and Williamson County Commissioners.

The Taylor site is located about 40km from Austin. It is about 4.81 sq km (1,187.5 acres) in size, much bigger than the Austin site. Samsung last year purchased more than 250 acres in Austin, which is in addition to 350 acres it owns that includes its sole US chip factory.

If Samsung decides on Taylor, it plans to break ground by the first quarter of next year with production due to start by end-2024, a document previously filed with Texas state officials has said. 

Source: Reuters/ng

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