Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC

City of Taylor Chosen for $17 Billion Samsung Semiconductor Plant

In a press conference on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, Governor Abbott announced that Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC has selected the City of Taylor for the site for their new semiconductor plant. The City has been in consideration as the possible location for Samsung's expansion in the United States for the past several months, along with other sites in Texas, as well as New York and Arizona.  
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Press Release from the Governor's Office:

Governor Abbott Announces New $17 Billion Samsung Manufacturing Facility in Taylor

Project Details

Location

The proposed location for the new semiconductor plant will be between Highway 79 and FM 973. Click here to view a map of the proposed location

Investment 

The company is planning to invest $17 billion in land, buildings, equipment, and other personal business property. This includes:

  • $6 billion in buildings and other real property improvements
  • $11 billion in machinery and equipment
  • The purchase of more than 1,000 acres of land for the 6 million square foot semiconductor manufacturing facility

The manufacturing facility is slated to be fully-operational by the end of 2025. 

In addition, the company will be paying taxes on the property as it is developed, and while part of the incentive agreement includes an abatement of a portion of those taxes, the City is projected to receive more than $52 million over the 30 year term of the agreement into its general fund.

Employment

In addition to the estimated 6,000 - 10,000 jobs construction jobs that this project is expected to provide, Samsung has also agreed to specific employment benchmarks and efforts to recruit local employees from the City and County. 

  • Samsung has agreed to create, fill, and maintain at least 1,800 employment positions:
    • 300 by the 2nd anniversary of the project 
    • An additional 600 by the 5th anniversary of the project 
    • An additional 900 by the 7th anniversary of the project 
  • Samsung has agreed that they will endeavor to:
    • Maintain a diverse and well represented workforce 
    • Enhance recruiting of potential minority job applicants and residents of the City
    • Conduct and hold one or more job and recruiting fairs for new hires for the Project and work with the Texas Workforce Commission to assist in the recruitment and hiring of individuals who reside in or who are representative of the City of Taylor 
  • Samsung has agreed to endeavor to require its general construction contractor and major construction subcontractors to hold recruiting fairs in the City, employ residents of the City, and utilize a diverse workforce for any work performed at the Project.
  • Samsung has agreed to endeavor to acquire goods and services from businesses and individuals located in the City and continue its current practice of utilizing local small businesses to provide goods and services for the Project and Company’s local operations. 

Technology 

The facility will manufacture advanced semiconductor technology.

Semiconductors are used in the devices and technology we use every day – they are the brains that power your smartphones, make your commute safer and smarter, and impact your daily life in countless other ways.

Incentive Agreements

The incentive package with Samsung included a Chapter 381 Tax Abatement Agreement with Williamson County, a Development Agreement with Williamson County, a Chapter 313 Agreement with Taylor Independent School District, and three agreements with the City of Taylor. Following are the details of the agreements the City has made.

Overview

The City designated the land where the City property is located as a Tax Increment Refinancing Zone, or TIRZ. This means that when property taxes are paid to the City from that property, a portion of the taxes will be reinvested in that specific area. The ordinance that defines the TIRZ states that up to 93.5% of the taxes generated from the property can be reinvested back into that property so it can be developed and improved. The remainder of the taxes generated will go to the City's general fund. 

In the City's Chapter 311 Development Agreement and Chapter 380 Incentive Agreement, the City defines the TIRZ and agrees to reinvest a portion of the taxes generated from that property back into the property in the form of grants to the company, which are to be used specifically to improve the property itself. The agreement outlines the schedule for the payment of those grants, and specifies what those grants can be used for. Any development costs outside of the costs outlined in this agreement must be paid for by the company. You can read the agreement in its entirety below:

Chapter 311 and Chapter 380 Agreement

The City's Chapter 312 Tax Abatement Agreement explains the types of improvements the company agrees to make to the property and the schedule for making those improvements. It also includes details about how the City will abate the property taxes for the company and reimburse them in the form of grants. The reimbursement schedule, which is tied to specific improvements made to the property, will be as follows: 

  • 92.5% for the first 10 years
  • 90% for the second 10 years
  • 85% for the final 10 years

You can see the Chapter 312 Tax Abatement Agreement in its entirety below:

Chapter 312 Development Agreement

The City's Chapter 212 Development Agreement explains how the property will actually be developed. It includes details about the following:

  • Development Standards
  • The Development approval process
  • Permitting
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Drainage and Stormwater Management
  • Annexation

You can see the Chapter 212 Development Agreement in its entirety below:

Chapter 212 Development Agreement

Definitions

Chapter 311 of the local government code governs tax increment financing (TIF). A TIF is a method local governments can use to pay for improvements that will draw private investment to an area. Tax increment financing isn’t a new tax; instead, it redirects some of the ad valorem tax from property in a geographic area designated as a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) to pay for improvements in the zone. 

Chapter 312 of the Local Government code authorizes local agreements between taxpayer and taxing units that exempts all or part of the increase in the value of the real property and/or tangible personal property from taxation for a period not to exceed 10 years. 

Chapter 380 of the Local Government Code authorizes municipalities to offer incentives designed to promote economic development such as commercial and retail projects. Specifically, it provides for offering loans and grants of city funds or services at little or no cost to promote state and local economic development and to stimulate business and commercial activity. In order to provide a grant or loan, a city must establish a program to implement the incentives. Before proceeding, cities must review their city charters or local policies that may restrict a city's ability provide a loan or grant.

Chapter 212 of the Local Government Code governs the municipal regulation of land use, structures, business, and related activities of subdivisions and property development. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What performance-based agreements are Williamson County and the Taylor Independent School District considering?

WILLIAMSON COUNTY:

In the joint meeting with the City of Taylor on September 8, Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a resolution, a Chapter 381 performance-based agreement and a development agreement as an incentive package for Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC, to build its newest semiconductor plant in Taylor, Texas. Since January, Williamson County has been in consideration as the possible location of Samsung’s future expansion in the United States, a $17 billion investment.

To read the full story, click here.

Definition:
Chapter 381: Chapter 381 of the Local Government Code allows counties to provide incentives encouraging developers to build in their jurisdictions. A county may administer and develop a program to make loans and grants of public money to promote state or local economic development and to stimulate, encourage and develop business location and commercial activity in the county. The county also may develop and administer a program for entering into a tax abatement agreement. This tool allows counties to negotiate directly with developers and businesses. For more information, there is an overview of Tax Code Chapter 381 on the Texas Comptroller website: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/local/.

TAYLOR ISD:

In a meeting on June 29, 2021, the Board of Trustees for the Taylor Independent School District approved a Chapter 313 application for property tax value limitation from Samsung Austin Semiconductor. The full application was submitted to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts on July 23, and was on The state's Tax Code Chapter 313 value limitations allow businesses to enter into agreements with school districts to limit how much property taxes they pay for a set amount of time.

See the full application here: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/local/ch313/agreement-docs-details.php?id=1620

Definition:
Chapter 313: Chapter 313 allows a school district to offer a temporary value limitation on the taxable value of a new investment project in manufacturing and certain environmentally-friendly energy projects. The limitation, applied for a maximum of 10 years and ranging from $10 million to $100 million, only applies to school district taxes levied for maintenance and operations (M&O); taxes for debt service are not subject to the limitation, nor do business inventories qualify. Before the school district can approve a limitation, the State Comptroller must issue a certificate of approval that finds the project will generate more tax revenue for the state than the amount of the benefit received by the taxpayer. For more information, there is an overview of Tax Code Chapter 313 on the Texas Comptroller website.

How many jobs will this agreement bring to Williamson County?

This partnership will create opportunities for people with GEDs to PhDs, with plenty of upskilled opportunities. Moreover, the partnership is projected to provide Williamson County approximately 1,800 direct jobs and 6,500 - 10,000 direct construction jobs.

What other tangible benefits will this partnership bring to The City of Taylor, Williamson County, and the Taylor Independent School District?

In addition to thousands of job opportunities, Samsung will provide the following tangible benefits under an approved partnership agreement:

  • Internships for a minimum of 24 Taylor ISD students per year.
  • Annual Charitable Contributions of at least an average of $300,000 starting in 2022
  • Increased economic development through acquiring goods and services from businesses and individuals in Taylor
  • Continued use of local small businesses for goods and services
  • Samsung will be committed to sustaining a diverse and well-represented workforce
  • Samsung will work with local employment recruiting agencies to enhance recruiting of potential minority job applicants and residents of Taylor, Taylor ISD, and Williamson County
  • Conduct and hold one or more job and recruiting fairs in Taylor
  • Work with the Texas Workforce Commission to assist in the recruitment and hiring of individuals who reside in or who are representative of Taylor and Williamson County
  • Require its general construction contractor and major construction subcontractors to hold recruiting fairs in Taylor
  • Request general construction contractor to employ as many Taylor residents as possible and hire a diverse workforce