The City of Hondo offers incentives on a case-by-case basis to businesses interested in starting or relocating their operation(s) in the city or for business retention, redevelopment and expansion.  The incentives are determined by the kind of operation that will be initiated or expanded, the number of full time jobs created within a specific timeframe, the annual wages paid at the $30,000 range or higher, and the anticipated economic impact on the community.  We look forward to working with you.  Please reach out to Genevieve Flores, City of Hondo Economic Development Director, or 830-741-8319.

Types of Incentive and Programs

Tax Abatement

The city will consider providing tax abatement for real and/or personal property as outlined in Tax Abatement Guidelines and Criteria passed and approved by the City Council on September 25, 2017.

 Tax Increment Financing (TIF
The City will consider the creation of a tax increment reinvestment zone to implement tax increment financing as requested by any eligible private company economic development initiative.  On September 25, 2017, the City Council designated the City of Hondo municipal boundaries as a Tax Abatement Reinvestment Zone (TARZ) for economic development purposes.

Fee Waivers
Fee waivers may reduce or eliminate any building permit, plans review, utility hookup fees associated with the development of the project.

Infrastructure Improvements
Infrastructure improvements include the provision of or participation in the extension of city infrastructure to the project site, including water, wastewater, drainage, road improvements, extensions or construction.
Texas Local Government Code 380 Agreements
380 Agreements include the provision of grants, loans of city funds as permitted by the Texas Local Government Code, Section 380.001.
Freeport Exemption
This incentive provides a property tax exemption on some or an entire company’s inventory. To be eligible, the property must be assembled, stored, manufactured or fabricated locally for export out of the State within 730 days after the property was acquired or imported into the State.
Texas Enterprise Fund
The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) is the largest “deal-closing” fund of its kind in the nation.  The fund is a cash grant used as a financial incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment and where a single Texas site is competing with another viable out–of-state option.  The city will work with any new venture to submit the TEF application to the State.

 Skills Development Fund
Through the Texas Workforce Commission, in cooperation with industry and the local community college, this fund assists businesses by designing, financing and implementing customized job training programs.  The City’s Economic Development Office is the starting point for any inquiries on the incentive package offered by Hondo.  To help expedite the process, we ask that you provide some information on your company, its proposed project in the city, the type of product or service you provide, the projected investment, number of jobs, average salary per job created and the anticipated economic impact on the community.  Any request for incentives must be submitted in writing with the information requested above and addressed to the Director Economic Development.

Foreign Trade Zone
In the United States, foreign trade zones (FTZs) are the domestic equivalents of international “free trade zones,” intended to encourage healthy competition with foreign businesses. These zones directly help U.S. companies who either import products or components from foreign countries by reducing, deferring, or eliminating duties and by allowing for greater supply chain efficiency.

Public Improvement District
A defined geographical area established to provide specific types of improvements or maintenance which are financed by assessments against the property owners within the area. PIDs provide a development tool that allocates costs according to the benefits received. A PID can provide a means to fund supplemental services and improvements to meet community needs which could not otherwise be constructed or provided. 
Chapter 372 of the Texas Local Government Code authorizes the creation of PIDs by cities (Click here to review Ch. 372). The owners of the properties in the defined area can request the City to form a PID through a petition, which may include the establishment of an Advisory Body. With the establishment of an advisory body, the property owners within the PID have control over the types of improvements, level of maintenance, and amount of assessments to be levied against the property owners.

Please reach out to our City of Hondo Economic Development Director for any questions. 
Genevieve Flores