Chapter 380 of the Local Government Code authorizes municipalities to offer incentives designed to promote economic development such as commercial and retail projects. Specifically, it provides for offering loans and grants of city funds or services at little or no cost to promote state and local economic development and to stimulate business and commercial activity.
In order to provide a grant or loan, a city must establish a program to implement the incentives. Before proceeding, cities must review their city charters or local policies that may restrict a city’s ability provide a load or grant.
City of Houston – 380 Agreements
Chapter 381 of the Local Government Code allows counties to provide incentives encouraging developers to build in their jurisdictions. A county may administer and develop a program to make loans and grants of public money to promote state or local economic development and to stimulate, encourage and develop business location and commercial activity in the county.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts – Chapter 380/381 Agreements
- No formal approved Chapter 380 procedures
- Inadequate or nonexistent documentation in the application, evaluation and project management areas of the Program
- The City of Houston has used its tax breaks exclusively to subsidize luxury, high-end apartments and homes
- Lack of adequate monitoring to ensure commitments are being met
- Some projects were not in compliance with the terms contained in the agreement
- Houston city council gave a local billionaire tax breaks [twice] without requiring raise-the-wage ordinances
- Require future grocery stores that seek a tax break to include raise-the-wage ordinances with possible oversight by the health department
Code – Local Government Code
Chapter(s) – 380 and 381