Group speaks against Annova: Company seeks tax abatement


Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Josette Cruz speaking to the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court during an August 6 meeting. Photo by Gaige Davila.

Members of Save RGV from LNG, a Valley-based activist group against the planned building of a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the Port of Brownsville, and other concerned Valley residents, spoke in opposition to the project’s parent company, Annova LNG, attempt to seek a tax abatement from Cameron County.

“This is, in my view, a major safety issue, and it will be costly, much more costly than (Cameron County) can afford to give the tax abatement promise to,” Sarah Merril said, one of the people who spoke during a Cameron County Commissioners’ Court meeting on August 6.

Annova LNG is seeking a tax abatement—a reduction or elimination of property taxes—to “invest in Cameron County,” specifically to fund “critical programs” and a “Community Benefits” payment in lieu of paying taxes, an unnamed Annova LNG spokesperson told the Press in an email. The details of this tax abatement are “still being worked out,” according to the spokesperson.

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