The Freeport Opportunity

Over the last year, both behind the scenes and in public, the City of Kyle, the Greater San Marcos Partnership, and Hays County have been lobbying Hays CISD (HCISD) to pass a specific inventory tax exemption that will help attract certain kinds of manufacturing and distribution companies to our area. It’s called the Triple Freeport exemption, and could be a game-changer for the city of Kyle. But it doesn’t work without the support of HCISD.

What is Triple Freeport?

Triple Freeport exempts specific kinds of manufacturing and distribution companies from being taxed on inventory in their facilities that are shipped outside of the state in 175 days or fewer. In 1989 the State of Texas permanently exempted all companies from freeport taxes but left an option for local entities to bypass the measure. At the time, most entities kept the tax in place. In recent years, however, with competition to land large employers increasing, Triple Freeport exemptions are passing all over the state. Among those to now offer the exemption are San Marcos, New Braunfels, Dripping Springs, Cedar Park, and Pflugerville. Continue reading “The Freeport Opportunity”

Votes – 21 June 2016

Offered to you today is the first installment of “Votes,” a log of the agenda items discussed and voted upon by the Kyle City Council. The format for this series is pretty straight-forward. I will summarize the items and provide the reason for why I voted the way I did.

NOTE: Feel free to ask any questions or make any comments below. I will respond in a timely manner. You are welcome to respectfully disagree. Comments that are overly negative, overly personal, or disparaging will not be allowed.

This week’s City Council meeting was relatively short, with a one-hour open meeting and a one-hour executive session. There were three items of consequence discussed and voted upon. Continue reading “Votes – 21 June 2016”

A New Way to Interact with City Leadership

As the newly elected District 1 Kyle City Council representative, I want to bring a fresh perspective to the idea of citizen involvement and political transparency. The purpose of this site is to be a no-frills blog dedicated to writing opinions about the various issues effecting our city.

I hope to write opinions on some of the more important votes, including and especially the budget. The point is for you to have access to my thinking, and for me to have access to your feedback.

This site will not include pot-shots at other councilmembers. I will stick to the facts and my own opinions. Comments are welcome on this site and on my Facebook page, including dissenting opinions. But I will delete any and all comments that are overly negative, overly personal, or disparaging.

I also plan to write about other issues not directly related to the City of Kyle, but that are tangentially related — such as current events, notes on business, and more. Over time, the natural flow and function of this site will be made plain. If it is beneficial to the community, I will keep writing. If it is not I will try something else. Call it an experiment.

From the very beginning I have wanted my involvement in the city to attract new people to the discussion, both in terms of participation and in understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. I am looking forward to getting started and I hope to see this site slowly fill up with articles that are educational and enlightening.


Travis Mitchell