The Type B sales tax may be used for any project eligible under Type A rules and several other project types, including quality of life improvements. Type B corporations may pay for land, buildings, equipment, facilities, targeted infrastructure and improvements for:
professional and amateur sports and athletic facilities, tourism and entertainment facilities, convention facilities and public parks;
related store, restaurant, concession, parking and transportation facilities;
related street, water and sewer facilities; and
To promote and develop new and expanded business enterprises that create or retain primary jobs, a Type B EDC may fund:
public safety facilities;
streets, roads, drainage and related improvements;
demolition of existing structures;
general municipally owned improvements; and
maintenance and operating costs associated with projects.
Type B EDCs also may seek voter approval to spend Type B sales tax funds for a water supply, water conservation program or cleanup of contaminated property.
Exceptions for Small Cities and Landlocked Communities
Type B EDCs created by cities with a population of 20,000 or less and those classified as landlocked communities may use sales tax proceeds to fund projects that promote new or expanded business development that do not create or retain primary jobs. A landlocked community must be located in either Harris or Dallas counties and have less than 100 acres within its city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction zoned for manufacturing or industrial facilities.
This information should not be construed as, and is not a substitute for, legal advice.
Cities are urged to consult the Attorney General's Economic Development Handbook and their own legal counsel for any questions or interpretations of economic development laws.