Residents in northern Gregg County are thirsty for beer and wine at stores closer to their homes, Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy said.
A petition of more than 2,000 signatures has been submitted to the Gregg County Elections division asking that the Commissioners Court call an election to approve off-premise beer and wine sales in Precinct 1, which includes the communities of Judson, Seven Pines Road, Omega and areas northeast of Longview.
Discussion about the petition wasn’t on Gregg County Commissioners Court’s agenda when it met Monday morning. Instead, the court approved three tax resales of formerly delinquent property and found that a Kilgore employer was successfully completing the terms of its economic development agreement with the county.
Commissioners likely will discuss the petition at their next regular meeting at 10 a.m. March 25 at the Gregg County Courthouse, Nealy said. The earliest that the court could call an election would be in November.
Longview resident Tony Holyfield presented the petition to the county, Nealy said. Holyfield didn’t return a phone message Monday.
In official business Monday, the court agreed to more than $14,000 for four Longview properties in the county that had been stricken from the tax rolls because of delinquent taxes.
R&K Distributors paid $2,460 for a 0.2238-acre property tract in the 300 block of American Legion Boulevard.
Carolina Arriago agreed to pay $8,337.67 for two lots in the 100 block of Eleventh Street.
Lavesha Freeman agreed to pay $3,502 for a tract in the Cherokee Manor Addition.
Each of the purchase prices meet or exceed either the appraised value or the taxes owed on the properties to the county and other local taxing entities, according to the county.
Commissioners also found Skeeter Products Inc. of Kilgore in compliance for its third-year requirements in a six-year tax abatement agreement it signed with the county in 2016.
This marks the final year that Skeeter receives a 100 percent abatement of its property taxes to the county. Kilgore Economic Development Corp. Business Retention Specialist Austin Clark said that the company has met its current obligations of creating 20 jobs above its based of 203 workers before March 31, 2018, and investing $3.7 million in real and personal property improvements.
The company’s actual investment is at $4.67 million, and its current employment is 293 workers, Clark said.