BREAKING NEWS: Williamson County calls special meeting with city of Taylor to discuss $17B Samsung project agreement approval

Shown is the proposed site for the Samsung plant in Williamson County. (Courtesy Williamson County)
Shown is the proposed site for the Samsung plant in Williamson County. (Courtesy Williamson County)

Shown is the proposed site for the Samsung plant in Williamson County. (Courtesy Williamson County)

A special joint meeting has been called between the Williamson County Commissioners Court and Taylor City Council on Sept. 8 to "discuss, consider and take appropriate action on a resolution in support of Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC's selection of Williamson County as the location of its new $17 billion facility," according to a posting by the county Sept. 3. A Chapter 381 economic and development program agreement and development agreement will be discussed. Other action could include approval for Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell to execute the resolution and agreements.

Documents show the plant would be built in Taylor ISD, southeast of Hwy. 79 and west of FM 973 at CR 401 and CR 404. Plans show additional roads being built to access the plant and SH 130.


Documentation from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts shows a certificate for a limitation on appraised value for the proposed Samsung semiconductor manufacturing plant was approved in late August. The agreement is for the facility if it is built in the TISD boundaries in Williamson County. The 6.1 million-square-foot plant would include $6 billion in structure and other real estate developments and $11 billion worth of personal property in machinery and equipment. Applications show the facility would create 1,800 jobs.

The proposed savings to Samsung from the maintenance and operations ad valorem tax purposes would be more than $314 million over 10 years of an $80 million cap on assessed value. Samsung has looked at Williamson County, Travis County, the Phoenix area, upstate New York and South Korea for the new facility. Without the appraised value limitation, the application said Samsung would likely locate the project outside of Texas due to the higher cost of operating in the state.

The meeting will be held 5 p.m. at the Taylor ISD Event Center, 3101 N. Main St., Taylor.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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