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https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/68-million-tax-breaks-may-go-to-put-Tesla-plant-15350682.php
$68 million tax breaks may go to put Tesla plant to Austin
June 18, 2020  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin-area school district is
considering offering more than $60 million in tax incentives to attract a
proposed Tesla "gigafactory" to Central Texas, Tesla revealed Thursday ...


https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/tesla-eyes-texas-us-cybertruck-factory
Tesla eyes Texas for U.S. Cybertruck factory
June 18, 2020  Tesla is zeroing in on an area in southeast Austin, Texas,
for the electric-car maker’s second U.S. auto factory as Elon Musk ...


https://www.altoonamirror.com/uncategorized/2020/06/tax-breaks-may-go-to-tesla-plant/
Tax breaks may go to Tesla plant
Jun 19, 2020  The Del Valle Independent School District proposal was made
public in a Tesla tax application filed Thursday with the Texas
comptroller’s office. The proposal would offer Tesla $68 million in property
...


https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/tesla-picks-texas-austin-for-second-us-plant-where-cybertrucks-will-be-made/ar-BB15H6lh
Tesla picks Texas' Austin for second US plant, where Cybertrucks will be
made
Jun 19, 2020  The 4 to 5 million-square-foot plant would employee 5,000
workers and become Tesla’s fourth for vehicle assembly ...


https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/tesla-edges-toward-austin-texas-for-cybertruck-gigafactory/
Tesla edges toward Austin, Texas for Cybertruck Gigafactory
June 19, 2020  Tesla appears to be close to inking a deal with Texas to
build a Gigafactory for its Cybertruck pickup ...


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Tesla Autopilot gets flak in Germany over alleged ‘misleading advertising’
June 18, 2020  As Gigafactory Berlin’s construction hits its stride, Tesla
appears to be facing some pressure from a German regional trial court over
the company’s use of “Autopilot” to describe its advanced driver assist
suite, which comes standard with every new vehicle purchase today. A suit
against the electric car maker was filed by the Wettbewerbszentrale
(Competition Center), which is now being handled by a Munich Regional Court
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TX-Tesla> Sierra Club sez delay vote to allow community input

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https://www.statesman.com/business/20200626/proposed-tax-breaks-for-tesla-lsquogigafactoryrsquo-draw-mixed-reaction
Proposed tax breaks for Tesla ‘gigafactory’ draw mixed reaction
Jun 26, 2020  Shonda Novak  Austin American-Statesman

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The prospect of offering California-based electric vehicle maker Tesla tens
of millions of dollars in local tax breaks to build a $1 billion factory in
Travis County is either a shrewd investment that will be a game changer for
the region’s economy or a misguided giveaway to a rich corporation run by a
billionaire.

Those were the dueling narratives that emerged during two public hearings,
both held remotely — one by the Travis County Commissioners Court last
Tuesday, and the other by the Del Valle school board Thursday evening.

Neither jurisdiction has voted on an incentive package. The item is on the
Commissioners Court agenda for this Tuesday, but commissioners might not
take a vote.

“It will depend if Tesla and the county staff have come to an agreement on
their negotiations and if the court wants to take action,” county spokesman
Hector Nieto said Friday.

The Del Valle school district could grant $50 million in property tax breaks
for Tesla over 10 years. Travis County is considering a package that would
give about $14.7 million in property tax rebates over 10 years.

Officials in both jurisdictions said Tesla’s factory ultimately would net an
economic gain — regardless of the amount allowed for the tax breaks — and
said that the electric vehicle maker would pay its full property tax freight
after the 10 years are up.

Del Valle administrators and Tesla executives told trustees that the
high-tech manufacturing plant would bring thousands of jobs — Tesla says
5,000 over time — and a host of academic opportunities, job-training and
career-building programs for students in the school district.

Some residents said during the hearings this week that the jobs are
much-needed and would spur economic development in a part of eastern Travis
County that is underserved and has a large minority population.


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Proposed Tesla factory, incentives, draw mixed reaction
June 23, 2020

https://www.statesman.com/business/20200618/tesla-could-get-50m-in-tax-breaks-to-choose-travis-county-site
Tesla could get $50M in tax breaks to choose Travis County site
June 18, 2020


“The tax incentives would be outweighed by the development that would
occur,” said one Del Valle resident, speaking via Zoom during the school
board’s virtual hearing.

Jonathan Clark, another area resident who spoke, said Del Valle should
welcome the opportunity to attract an innovative company like Tesla. “It
would be insane, crazy and stupid to not make this deal happen,” he said.

But an opponent of the proposed tax breaks said that asking any school
district during the coronavirus pandemic to “hand over millions” to the
corporate giant “is simply ridiculous.”

Tesla has a stock market value of more than $180 billion and employs about
48,000 workers worldwide. It’s headed by high-profile billionaire Elon Musk.

Other Del Valle residents said the tax breaks would come “at the expense of
children’s education” and would impose a heavy burden on the community at a
time when it has other pressing needs.

If Tesla chooses the Austin area for the plant, which the corporation calls
a “gigafactory,” it would be built on 2,100 acres at Texas 130 and Harold
Green Road, a sand and gravel mining site with a concrete plant owned and
operated by Martin Marietta. The Martin Marietta plant would be relocated on
the site to make way for the factory.

Tesla also is considering Tulsa, Okla., as a possible location, as well as
other places in Texas. But Tesla officials said the Travis County site “has
risen to the top of our search,” although no land has been purchased in any
location under consideration.

Tesla has said that about 65% of the factory’s estimated 5,000 jobs would be
unskilled labor that would not require college degrees. The plant would
manufacture Tesla’s future Cybertruck, an electric pickup, and the Model Y
SUV.

The public comments at the Del Valle meeting, both for and against the
incentives, mirrored those from residents who spoke at Tuesday’s Travis
County Commissioners Court meeting. Some residents said they favored the
incentives, while others said Tesla has failed to live up to its agreements
in other states and has a poor corporate record of violating health, safety
and labor laws.

Tesla officials disputed those contentions.

Rohan Patel, the company’s senior global director of public policy and
business development, said audited documents in Nevada show that the company
has “blown way past” projected job and investment numbers at its gigafactory
there, growing to 13,000 jobs — well over the projected 6,000 workers.Tesla
also has exceeded its job projections at its factory in Fremont, Calif., he
said, and topped its initially projected level of investment in Buffalo,
N.Y.

At Thursday’s meeting, Tesla officials enumerated the benefits that would
flow to the county, school district and area from its proposed 4.5
million-square-foot factory, including internships, apprenticeships, and
job-training and workforce development programs in robotics and automation.

In addition to the 5,000 jobs the factory is expected to create, the plant
would have larger economic development ripple effects throughout the region,
Tesla officials and local economists have said.

Tesla has said entry-level pay would start at $35,000 a year. The average
annual wage would be $47,147, and the median annual salary would be $68,303.
The jobs would have full benefits, and Patel said the company plans to hire
predominantly local, full-time workers.

Some residents pointed out Tesla’s entry-level and median annual wages
qualify as low-income for the Austin region, under federal guidelines.

Patel said incentives are a prerequisite to make the economics work.

Tesla hopes to start construction of the factory in the third quarter of
this year.

Del Valle Superintendent Annette Tielle told trustees that the district is
“very excited about this opportunity.”

“We want our students to have opportunities, and this is something we know
will take them to high heights,” she said.

School district officials said the tax incentive agreement will be a net
benefit to the district and, over time, will provide more revenue than the
district is currently receiving.

Under this type of incentive deal, a Chapter 313 economic development
agreement, property tax revenue that school districts forgo is substantially
replaced by the state through its school funding formula, according to the
Texas comptroller’s office.

Laura Huffman, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce,
said the plant would provide “jobs at all levels” and would be a
“generational opportunity for students and the district” and the state as a
whole.

But local resident Manuel Quinto-Pozos told school board members not to be
swayed by Tesla’s presentations. “Don’t fall for the TV advertisement. Look
at their past actions,” he said.

Quinto-Pozos cited reports that Tesla in California had more injuries and
illnesses from 2014 to 2017 than some other auto plants did, and Tesla’s
were more serious by comparison. He also cited issues at Tesla’s plant in
Reno, Nev., involving workplace safety and chemical spills.

Cyrus Reed, director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, said that
while he shares Tesla’s goals of creating a future “not so constrained by
carbon,” he urged Del Valle trustees to delay a vote on the incentives to
allow more time for community input.

Several representatives with local labor groups said Del Valle should get
assurances from Tesla that it will build its plant with local building and
trade contractors.

“Before you approve a tax cut, work to demand legally binding agreements for
how they should treat their workers,” local resident Alex Murphy said.

“Tesla is promising the world,” he said, “but they have yet to promise that
our students are going to be treated right.”
[© statesman.com]


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coming?
Jun. 22nd 2020 ... Tesla is trying to bring it to the market by 2021 —
meaning that Tesla is developing the electric ATV, now known as the
Cyberquad ... It's the first time that Tesla is developing a smaller vehicle
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https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2020/07/county-development-incentive-for-tesla-sees-more-support/
July 1, 2020  Jessi Devenyns
Travis County
County development incentive for Tesla sees more support

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This Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court once again opened the
floor to public testimony regarding the development incentive package for
Tesla’s proposed “Gigafactory” in southeastern Travis County. The court took
no action on the matter.

Over a dozen speakers expressed their opinions via the phone on the county’s
plan to offer an 80 percent rebate on Tesla’s property taxes for the first
10 years of its residency, followed by a 65 percent rebate for the following
10 years in order to incentivize the California company to relocate its
manufacturing operations in Central Texas. If approved, the county
incentives could total $14.6 million in property tax rebates for Tesla over
10 years. The county would keep $7 million.

Unlike last week, the majority of the callers this week came to express
their support for the project.

“We would be crazy if we did not take this opportunity,” East Austin
resident Deborah Morgan said. “We can’t let Tulsa win this one.” Tulsa,
Oklahoma, is also in the running as a potential location for the
Gigafactory, which is expected to produce Tesla’s electric pickup, the
Cybertruck.

Other speakers called the plan to relocate “tremendous,” and “great news.”
At the same time, speakers cautioned the Commissioners Court to thoroughly
parse the details of the incentive proposal and also weigh input from the
community.

“There needs to be clarity,” Rick Levy, the president of the Texas AFL-CIO
union, said. “What are the jobs, how much are they going to pay, what is the
career path?” As part of the potential agreement, the Tesla Gigafactory is
estimating it will bring 5,000 jobs, 65 percent of which will be unskilled
labor. The company has also committed to a $15-per-hour or $31,200-per-year
wage floor for these positions, although the corporation estimates the
average annual salary will be higher at $47,147.

Rev. Michael Floyd with Central Texas Interfaith, who supported the project
generally, pointed out that even at the average wage cited by Tesla, a
family of three would still qualify for Travis County Rental Assistance.
Currently, people earning 150 to 250 percent of the federal poverty income
guidelines, or $31,580 to $54,300, qualify to receive rental assistance from
the county due to an expansion in eligibility requirements resulting from
Covid-19. Typically, a qualifying family of three can earn no more than 150
percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Levy also advocated for the county to weave strong enforcement mechanisms
into the deal to ensure that Tesla abides by its promises. The electric car
company has a track record of violating the terms of its subsidy agreements
with other municipalities.

Laura Huffman, the president and CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce,
supported incentivizing Tesla’s relocation.

“Tesla selecting Austin happens at a time when our economy needs it most,”
she said. “These are real jobs for real people during a really, really
difficult time for all of us.” Additionally, she noted that the 5,000 jobs
Tesla will bring do not account for the ancillary jobs that will be
generated due to demand from the manufacturing plant. The county estimates
that Tesla’s presence in Travis County will create at least 4,000 jobs due
to secondary effects.

After hearing public comment, the Commissioners Court recessed to discuss
the deal in executive session. While there was no comment from the
commissioners in open court, the item can be put on the agenda next week for
further discussion. Next week’s agenda will be posted Thursday afternoon.
[© austinmonitor.com]


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https://electrek.co/2020/07/10/tesla-incentive-approval-cybertruck-gigafactory-austin/
Tesla secures tax break for Cybertruck Gigafactory in Austin
Jul. 10th 2020  Fred Lambert

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Tesla has secured an important approval for a tax break from a local school
district in order to build its next Gigafactory in Austin, Texas.

In May, Electrek exclusively reported that Tesla’s next factory is going to
be in Austin.

It plans to move fast with hopes to have a general assembly line for Model Y
in Texas by the end of the year and it is already making preparations at a
site near Austin.

Last month, we reported on Tesla securing a 2,100-acre piece of land just
outside Austin to build the factory.

However, before the deal is made official, Tesla needs to receive approval
from a few levels of local government for an incentive package that includes
significant tax breaks for the $1 billion electric vehicle factory.

Today, the Del Valle Independent School District, which would be receiving a
large part of the taxes Tesla will be paying for the factory, has officially
approved the tax break that could save Tesla over $50 million in the next 10
years.

Now Tesla needs to receive approval from Travis County commissioners for an
additional tax abatement before it officially moves forward with the
project.

The project, which is codenamed Colorado River Project, has also been called
the Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory since it is expected to be the
manufacturing site for Tesla’s upcoming electric pickup truck.

Electrek’s Take
Again, my understanding is that the deal for the Austin factory is
unofficially a done deal. It just needs to go through the process.

It was also a no-brainer for the school district since they are approving
forgoing taxes that don’t exist right now anyway.

Here are the trends of the school district revenue from that piece of land
without Tesla, with Tesla and the tax break, and with Tesla without tax
break:

I would argue that this is a pretty good compromise.

Over the period, the school district is going to get an additional $28
million in funding, which is a big deal for a relatively small school
district.

The logic is similar for the bigger incentive package at the county level,
which I also expect will be officially adopted soon.

I expect that Tesla will officially announce that the project is happening
in Austin as soon as next week ...
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