WHO: Representative John Davis
- Representative John Davis filed a bill in the state legislature on February 14, 2013 which would effectively remove the Kaneka Chemical Plant from the CLCWA tax base. The bill would also apply to every other chemical plant in the district. A later bill also filed by Davis, HB 2987, has the same effect.
- 12% of CLCWA’s tax base is at risk.
WHY: This is a blatant corporate welfare bill designed to increase the profits of a foreign chemical company at the expense of the residents and companies in the CLCWA.
WHEN: Take action now! A Texas House Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
- The Bayport area property was placed in the CLCWA district by Friendswood Development Company in 1963 when they created the CLCWA.
- As plants were built in Bayport, every one of them chose to obtain their water and sewer service from another source so no water or sewer main lines were ever extended to the Bayport area by the CLCWA. Since the district was created, there is no record of any of the Bayport facilities requesting water and sewer service until Sept. 2012.
- Kaneka Chemical masterfully orchestrated a plan to wait until four months before the state legislature began, to send a letter to the CLCWA demanding a commitment document to provide water and sewer service within 49 days. A meeting was held with Kaneka to discuss the letter, understand exactly what they required, and to request additional information needed to complete an engineering review to ensure that adequate sewer plant capacity existed and determine what size main lines would be required. That information was never provided by Kaneka even after follow-up requests. The engineering study must be completed before a commitment letter can be issued.
- Unknown to the CLCWA, a bill was written by Kaneka’s council and filed by Rep. Davis. Rep. Davis never communicated with the CLCWA before filing the bill.
- The first CLCWA communication with Rep. Davis was a confrontation that occurred in Rep. Davis’ office after the legislation was discovered by the CLCWA.
DIRECT IMPACT ON CLCWA:
- At risk is 12% of the tax base for the CLCWA.
- If Kaneka and all the other Bayport companies are allowed to be removed from the district, all the remaining tax payers will have to make up the reduced tax base with higher tax rates.
- Kaneka knew when they acquired the plant in the early 1990’s that they were in the CLCWA and the previous owners had made a business decision to purchase water and sewer service from other sources. They waited over 20 years and then made an immediate demand for service without providing the information needed to approve the request. It is obvious now that it was all a ploy to run to the legislature and ask to be excluded from the CLCWA.
WHAT CAN I DO? Contact Representative John Davis.
Representative John Davis
Houston office (281) 333-1350
Austin office (512) 463-0734
Demand for him to pull House Bills 1324 and 2987.
- Ask Representative John Davis why he chose to support a foreign company instead of the people who elected him to office?
- Ask Representative John Davis why he hid the bill from the taxpayers?
- Ask Representative John Davis why he filed a bill impacting the CLCWA without ever contacting them?
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