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.


Simple Sparrow Farm is based in Hutto. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown photographer offers portraits to support refugees

Anna Kraft looks to raise funds for Hutto facility working with refugees

Several parents of New Caney ISD students spoke at the district's Sept. 20 board meetings about recent allegations that a student brought a firearm to Porter High School's Sept. 18 homecoming dance. NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert stressed that no gunshots were fired at the event, and that the district is investigating the allegations. (Wesley Gardner/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI Nation roundup: Round Rock ISD trustees considered for censuring; New Caney ISD addresses allegations of student with gun at campus event and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 23.

Jimmy Vega's is planning to move into this location at 408 W. University Ave., Georgetown, by early December. (Brittany Andes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jimmy Vega’s Smokehouse heading closer to downtown

Restaurant looks to move closer to downtown Georgetown

Williamson County commissioners approved funding for the final phase of the Southwest Bypass. (Courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County moving forward with plan to extend Southwest Bypass to Hwy. 29

The Southwest Bypass extension has an anticipated completion of fall 2022.

Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
British Airways to resume service from Austin to London in October

The flights will run three days per week and include COVID-19 safety measures for passengers.

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Post Chophouse opened its oyster bar and market in June. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Post Chophouse opens its oyster bar and market

Oyster bar and market open at City Post

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

Williamson County Court House
Williamson County approves nonprofit funding, and other notes from Commissioners Court

Commissioners approved public funding for local nonprofits, including funding for the Williamson Museum.

Photo of people attending ACL Fest
City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

Georgetown Independent School District voted to approve virtual learning for its students on Sept. 20. (Adobe Stock)
Georgetown ISD moves toward remote learning option

Georgetown ISD approves virtual learning option