Airport readies for credit card fuel sales
by Tim Delaney
Dec 09, 2013 | 216 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO – The Refugio County Commissioners Court approved giving County Treasurer Elaine Henning authority to open up a checking account at Vantage Bank that would be tied directly to the Refugio County Airport credit card machines.

The action Tuesday, Nov. 26, came after commissioners were informed that the fuel tanks at the airport had been painted and prepped and the credit card payment ability for pilots to purchase fuel was ready.

County Judge Rene Mascorro said the airport can start taking credit card payments for fuel as soon as the checking account is ready or shortly afterward.

Commissioners also passed a ban on fireworks for the next 45 days, Mascorro said.

He said the ban applies to fireworks that have sticks, fins and rudders. But it does not apply to larger fireworks for public displays.

“The 45 days should get us through the holidays,” Mascorro said.

Commissioners also authorized Mascorro to execute a contract with the lowest priced electricity supplier for the county.

“Once the best rate is identified, we will have to bring this back to the court,” Mascorro said.

Currently, the county is paying .0579 per kilowatt hour.

Mascorro said Reliant Energy is charging .0563 per kilowatt hour.

“This could be up to $4,500 a year in savings, or around $20,000 in four years,” Mascorro said.

Commissioners also approved a county resident five-year tax abatement for Chris and Sarah Niemann.

The minimum investment for a tax abate was $150,000. The Niewmann’s invetment was $152,000.

Commissioners also appointed Commissioner Ann Lopez to chair a committee for the Refugio County Transportation Planning Project on behalf of the county.

Lopez will help organize workshops to identify needs of the elderly, handicapped, students and other adults.

The tax abatement begins with an 80 percent abatement the first years, followed by 60 percent, 40 percent, 20 percent and zero percent in the subsequent years.

Commissioners also approved three resolutions that were mandatory to continue applying for and receiving federal grant money. The county contracts with GrantWorks in Austin to acquire the grants.
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