Info About RED RIVER REDEVELOPMENT AU...

Info About RED RIVER REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Posted in the Texarkana Forum

Since: Feb 10

Grandview, TX

#1 Sep 12, 2010
There have been a lot of questions asked about the Authority. Here's just some of the facts:

3503.002. NATURE OF AUTHORITY.(a) The authority is a
governmental agency and a political subdivision of this state.
(b) The operations of the authority are considered to be
essential governmental functions and are not proprietary functions
for any purpose, including the application of Chapter 101, Civil
Practice and Remedies Code.

3503.005. EXPANSION OF TERRITORY. The authority's
territory may be expanded as additional:
(1) real property is conveyed to the authority by the
United States; or
(2) counties or municipalities approve annexations.

3503.008. APPLICABILITY OF STATE REGULATORY
AUTHORITY. The authority is subject to the regulatory authority of
the state, including any state agency, to the same extent as a
municipal corporation.

3503.052. COMPOSITION. The board is composed of the
following 15 directors:
(1) two directors appointed by the county judge of
Bowie County;
(2) one director appointed by the commissioners court
of Bowie County;
(3) three directors appointed by the mayor of
Texarkana;
(4) one director appointed by the mayor of New Boston;
(5) one director appointed by the mayor of Hooks;
(6) one director appointed by the mayor of Nash;
(7) one director appointed by the mayor of Wake
Village;
(8) one director appointed by the mayor of Leary;
(9) one director appointed by the mayor of Redwater;
(10) one director appointed by the mayor of Maud;
(11) one director appointed by the mayor of DeKalb;
and
(12) one director appointed by the mayor of Red Lick.

3503.153. TRANSFER OF ASSETS BY COUNTY.(a) Bowie
County may transfer to the authority by deed, bill of sale, or other
method, all assets, including personal and real property,
accumulated or acquired from, or with money provided by, the United
States Department of the Army or this state for the development,
redevelopment, maintenance, or expansion of the property, along
with any unexpended money made available for those purposes by the
United States Department of the Army or this state.
(b) The transfer of assets shall be made without the
requirement of public notice or bidding.
(c) Except as otherwise provided by law, this section does
not authorize the transfer of public money of Bowie County other
than the money described by this section.

3503.154. EXEMPTION FROM TAXATION. The property,
revenue, and income of the authority are exempt from all taxes
imposed by the state or a political subdivision of the state.

You find the entire code at: http://law.justia.com/texas/codes/sd/004.00.0...

You might find it interesting.
Thank you,
Jeff

“Dwayne ”

Since: Sep 08

Texarkana, Arkansas

#2 Sep 12, 2010
I notice the 3 members being appointed from Texarkana. That is interesting.

dh
Transplant

Sherman, TX

#3 Sep 12, 2010
I agree about Texarkana. It has about 34,000 people out of Bowie County's approximately 90,000. If you believe in proportionate representation, Texarkana should have one third of the seats. Which city would you deprive of representation?
Unless there is exact language to the contrary, any leases or lease hold improvements at the Redevelopment Authority should be taxable. I've been told that the Redevelopment Authority is a significant taxpayer in the County.
Dwayne Hall wrote:
I notice the 3 members being appointed from Texarkana. That is interesting.
dh

Since: Feb 10

Grandview, TX

#4 Sep 12, 2010
Some more interesting facts:

Source: http://rrcp.org/incentives.html

Tax Abatement Program
No State or City Income Tax
Favorable Property Tax Incentives
Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund
Employee Training Program Assistance
Affordable Energy Rates
Negotiable Incentive Packages based on capital investment and employee numbers
Foreign Trade Zone

Here is a presentation for you to look at:
http://cpanel68.gzo.com/~rrcporg/images/uploa...

What is a "Foreign Trade Zone"?

The Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) program was created by the U.S. government to facilitate international trade and increase the global competitiveness of U.S.-based companies. The program, which has existed since the 1930s, continues to thrive and change to better meet the needs of American companies in the global economy.

What is an FTZ? An FTZ is an area within the United States, in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry, where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered to be outside the country, or at least, outside of U.S. Customs territory. Certain types of merchandise can be imported into a Zone without going through formal Customs entry procedures or paying import duties. Customs duties and excise taxes are due only at the time of transfer from the FTZ for U.S. consumption. If the merchandise never enters the U.S. commerce, then no duties or taxes are paid on those items.

Activities Permitted in a Foreign-Trade Zone
Merchandise entering a Zone may be:

Assembled
Tested
Sampled
Relabeled
Manufactured*
Stored
Salvaged
Processed
Repackaged
Destroyed
Mixed
Manipulated


*The user must receive special approval from the FTZ Board for manufacturing.

Operating within an FTZ carries numerous benefits:

Deferral, reduction and possible elimination of duties
Tighter inventory control that may virtually eliminate year-end inventory loss adjustments
Potential direct delivery benefit reduces long hold times at crowded ports of entry

Just some information.
Thanks,
Jeff
Bowie County Wolverine

Merkel, TX

#5 Sep 12, 2010
Monday RRAD will start moving into Bld. 333 which was given to LRA/RRRA during BRAC95 for this kind jesture RRRA will charge RRAD $35000.00 per month rent for the building.

How many Bowie County jobs would this create or keep?

What about during BRAC 95 when LRA said they would bring jobs to Bowie County by renting the buildings for a dollar a year?

How much property taxes are being generated for Bowie County by RRRA?

If you don't think RRRA is organized crime you better think again!
I Luv U Judge C

United States

#6 Sep 12, 2010
Thats a fair price for that size building

Alot of jobs, i'd say 100-150

do you have that in writing?

pull the tax roll its public info if you must know

please explain your slander
Bowie County Wolverine

Merkel, TX

#7 Sep 12, 2010
I Luv U Judge C wrote:
Thats a fair price for that size building
Alot of jobs, i'd say 100-150
do you have that in writing?
pull the tax roll its public info if you must know
please explain your slander
Selfexplanatory
BSJB

Texarkana, TX

#8 Sep 12, 2010
Bowie County Wolverine wrote:
<quoted text>
Selfexplanatory
This won't effect BAE, so your ugly azz need not worry about it.

Since: Jul 10

Texarkana, TX

#9 Sep 12, 2010
Wish I could get a deal like that. You get property given to you for free from the federal gov. then you get to rent the same property back to fed gov. for 35k per month.

And the folks as RRRA think they they operate like normal businesses do. That is about as far from normal business pratices as it can be.

Free land/buildings and no property taxes. Yep just like normal business operate.
Bowie County Wolverine

Merkel, TX

#10 Sep 12, 2010
BSJB wrote:
<quoted text>This won't effect BAE, so your ugly azz need not worry about it.
So we have a smart one, why don't you share what BAE stands for with everyone! By the way how do your upcoming REMAN and RESET programs look, Oh Yea be sure to look at the new schedules.

HMMMMMMMM now who's dumb??
Bowie County Wolverine

Merkel, TX

#11 Sep 14, 2010
Bowie County Wolverine wrote:
<quoted text>
So we have a smart one, why don't you share what BAE stands for with everyone! By the way how do your upcoming REMAN and RESET programs look, Oh Yea be sure to look at the new schedules.
HMMMMMMMM now who's dumb??
What happened? My new friend disappeared!

Since: Nov 07

AOL

#12 Sep 14, 2010
Good Work BCW.

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#13 Sep 14, 2010
Bowie County Wolverine wrote:
What about during BRAC 95 when LRA said they would bring jobs to Bowie County by renting the buildings for a dollar a year?
I remember that. Does bait and switch come to mind? Or better yet, down right broken promise?
Bill Cork - ED RRRA

Lone Grove, OK

#14 Sep 15, 2010
Jeff,
The Code regarding the RRRA was updated during the last legislative session. The appropriate location for the lastest authorities along with the legislative historycan be found at:
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text....
Jeff Akin wrote:
There have been a lot of questions asked about the Authority. Here's just some of the facts:
3503.002. NATURE OF AUTHORITY.(a) The authority is a
governmental agency and a political subdivision of this state.
(b) The operations of the authority are considered to be
essential governmental functions and are not proprietary functions
for any purpose, including the application of Chapter 101, Civil
Practice and Remedies Code.
3503.005. EXPANSION OF TERRITORY. The authority's
territory may be expanded as additional:
(1) real property is conveyed to the authority by the
United States; or
(2) counties or municipalities approve annexations.
3503.008. APPLICABILITY OF STATE REGULATORY
AUTHORITY. The authority is subject to the regulatory authority of
the state, including any state agency, to the same extent as a
municipal corporation.
3503.052. COMPOSITION. The board is composed of the
following 15 directors:
(1) two directors appointed by the county judge of
Bowie County;
(2) one director appointed by the commissioners court
of Bowie County;
(3) three directors appointed by the mayor of
Texarkana;
(4) one director appointed by the mayor of New Boston;
(5) one director appointed by the mayor of Hooks;
(6) one director appointed by the mayor of Nash;
(7) one director appointed by the mayor of Wake
Village;
(8) one director appointed by the mayor of Leary;
(9) one director appointed by the mayor of Redwater;
(10) one director appointed by the mayor of Maud;
(11) one director appointed by the mayor of DeKalb;
and
(12) one director appointed by the mayor of Red Lick.
3503.153. TRANSFER OF ASSETS BY COUNTY.(a) Bowie
County may transfer to the authority by deed, bill of sale, or other
method, all assets, including personal and real property,
accumulated or acquired from, or with money provided by, the United
States Department of the Army or this state for the development,
redevelopment, maintenance, or expansion of the property, along
with any unexpended money made available for those purposes by the
United States Department of the Army or this state.
(b) The transfer of assets shall be made without the
requirement of public notice or bidding.
(c) Except as otherwise provided by law, this section does
not authorize the transfer of public money of Bowie County other
than the money described by this section.
3503.154. EXEMPTION FROM TAXATION. The property,
revenue, and income of the authority are exempt from all taxes
imposed by the state or a political subdivision of the state.
You find the entire code at: http://law.justia.com/texas/codes/sd/004.00.0...
You might find it interesting.
Thank you,
Jeff
kma

Texarkana, TX

#15 Sep 15, 2010
Was it Frost who authored this bill ?
EastTexican

Texarkana, TX

#16 Sep 15, 2010
My goodness, they didn't beat around the bush or mince words, that garbage doesn't just allow or invite corruption, it begs for it!

This is bad enough...
3503.052. COMPOSITION. The board is composed of the
following 15 directors:
(1) two directors appointed by the county judge of
Bowie County;
(2) one director appointed by the commissioners court
of Bowie County;
(3) three directors appointed by the mayor of
Texarkana;

But then THIS is AMAZING:
3503.153. TRANSFER OF ASSETS BY COUNTY.(a) Bowie
County may transfer to the authority by deed, bill of sale, or other
method, all assets, including personal and real property,
accumulated or acquired from, or with money provided by, the United
States Department of the Army or this state for the development,
redevelopment, maintenance, or expansion of the property, along
with any unexpended money made available for those purposes by the
United States Department of the Army or this state.
(b) The transfer of assets shall be made without the
requirement of public notice or bidding.
(c) Except as otherwise provided by law, this section does
not authorize the transfer of public money of Bowie County other
than the money described by this section.

Which brings up my next question: Is there anything that prevents or allows TexAmerica'S' East (hmmm, that plural, how MANY Americas are they including in that new name?) from giving property or cash or tax-free status to individuals or entities of their secret choosing? And what if those people just happen to be companies, residents or governments of those other "Americas" as in South or Central?

Since: Feb 10

Rio Vista, TX

#17 Sep 16, 2010
Bill Cork - ED RRRA wrote:
Jeff,
The Code regarding the RRRA was updated during the last legislative session. The appropriate location for the lastest authorities along with the legislative historycan be found at:
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text....
<quoted text>
Bill,
Thank you sir for the update. I thought it had been updated but since I couldn't find it I thought I was mistaken.
BTW, I am glad China King is back open!
Bill Cork - ED RRRA

Lone Grove, OK

#18 Sep 16, 2010
Jeff Akin wrote:
<quoted text>
Bill,
Thank you sir for the update. I thought it had been updated but since I couldn't find it I thought I was mistaken.
BTW, I am glad China King is back open!
You're welcome Jeff. Yes, I am glad about the reopening. I have to confess I really like that place. We've been driving by it for a month during lunch hour to check its progress. They put some nice touches on it. Ate at El Inca today. We do our best to support the economic development of New Boston :) My waistline is a testimony to it.
Bill Cork - ED RRRA

Lone Grove, OK

#19 Sep 16, 2010
EastTexican wrote:
My goodness, they didn't beat around the bush or mince words, that garbage doesn't just allow or invite corruption, it begs for it!
This is bad enough...
3503.052. COMPOSITION. The board is composed of the
following 15 directors:
(1) two directors appointed by the county judge of
Bowie County;
(2) one director appointed by the commissioners court
of Bowie County;
(3) three directors appointed by the mayor of
Texarkana;
But then THIS is AMAZING:
3503.153. TRANSFER OF ASSETS BY COUNTY.(a) Bowie
County may transfer to the authority by deed, bill of sale, or other
method, all assets, including personal and real property,
accumulated or acquired from, or with money provided by, the United
States Department of the Army or this state for the development,
redevelopment, maintenance, or expansion of the property, along
with any unexpended money made available for those purposes by the
United States Department of the Army or this state.
(b) The transfer of assets shall be made without the
requirement of public notice or bidding.
(c) Except as otherwise provided by law, this section does
not authorize the transfer of public money of Bowie County other
than the money described by this section.
Which brings up my next question: Is there anything that prevents or allows TexAmerica'S' East (hmmm, that plural, how MANY Americas are they including in that new name?) from giving property or cash or tax-free status to individuals or entities of their secret choosing? And what if those people just happen to be companies, residents or governments of those other "Americas" as in South or Central?
The County never took title to any assets and never had to invoke this legislative authority and won't for the 2005 round of BRAC either. The property is being transferred directly from the Army to the RRRA.

The Authority does have the ability to transfer assets at no cost, but we haven't yet and probably won't. But nothing is a "secret". Every real estate transaction is subject to approval by the Board of Directors in a public session and is advertised as is required by law under the Open Meetings Act.

The acquisition of Lone Star was done in the public eye. All the transaction documents were posted on our website a week before a public board meeting. For two business days we hosted daytime and night time open houses to answer questions from the public. After spending thousands on newspaper ads and several dozen man hours in non-compensated staff labor, we had 5 people show up for the open houses. 2 of them were friends of mine from church. We had plenty more show up for the final meeting and all their comments were taken as part of the record. One person, to my recollection, opposed the acquistion and dozens supported it. The radio and all local newspapers covered it and the paper covered the open houses thoroughly. I'm not sure how you define secretive, but I don't recall the name East Texican on any of our sign in sheets.

As far as the composition of the board, I wasn't here when that was decided, so I really can't comment on it other than to say that I know it was done hastily in the 11th hour prior to the close of the first legislative session after the BRAC announcement so that there were some enabling authorities that would match the intended local planning and reuse process for BRAC sites.
Transplant

Texarkana, TX

#20 Sep 16, 2010
OMG: Someone who actually believes in a factual posting. With many more factual responses like Mr. Cork's, Topix may lose its appeal to the lunatic fringe that believe in all rant, no fact. Way to go and thanks for some facts.
Bill Cork - ED RRRA wrote:
<quoted text>
The County never took title to any assets and never had to invoke this legislative authority and won't for the 2005 round of BRAC either. The property is being transferred directly from the Army to the RRRA.
The Authority does have the ability to transfer assets at no cost, but we haven't yet and probably won't. But nothing is a "secret". Every real estate transaction is subject to approval by the Board of Directors in a public session and is advertised as is required by law under the Open Meetings Act.
The acquisition of Lone Star was done in the public eye. All the transaction documents were posted on our website a week before a public board meeting. For two business days we hosted daytime and night time open houses to answer questions from the public. After spending thousands on newspaper ads and several dozen man hours in non-compensated staff labor, we had 5 people show up for the open houses. 2 of them were friends of mine from church. We had plenty more show up for the final meeting and all their comments were taken as part of the record. One person, to my recollection, opposed the acquistion and dozens supported it. The radio and all local newspapers covered it and the paper covered the open houses thoroughly. I'm not sure how you define secretive, but I don't recall the name East Texican on any of our sign in sheets.
As far as the composition of the board, I wasn't here when that was decided, so I really can't comment on it other than to say that I know it was done hastily in the 11th hour prior to the close of the first legislative session after the BRAC announcement so that there were some enabling authorities that would match the intended local planning and reuse process for BRAC sites.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Texarkana Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Election Who do you support for State Board of Education... (Oct '10) 21 hr Fartman 904
Motorcycles are Not Safe Jul 3 kapie9969 29
Election Who do you support for State Board of Education... (Oct '10) Jul 1 Farters 742
Review: Kool 95.1 Jun 30 Skeptical 2
Walmart at redwater Jun 28 Refused 1
Nichols Genealogy Jun 28 Nichols girl 1
Why Do Black Peeps Look Like Apes? (Jan '12) Jun 27 glitterstoot 123
More from around the web

Texarkana People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Texarkana Mortgages