County okays auto dealer rebate

Milam County commissioner,s meeting in regular session Monday in the courthouse, okayed a tax abatement for a Rockdale auto dealer which is remodeling its facilities.

Commissioners okayed a twoyear tax abatement incentive for Miller-Starnes Chevrolet-Buick which has begun an extensive renovation project at the corner of Cameron and Wilcox (US 79 and FM 487).

The court noted the $860,000 renovation would result in an additional three employees being hired by the historic firm once renovation is complete.

The abatement approved Monday is expected to save the dealership about $6,500.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the abatement only applies to the renovated part of the building, not to current facilities.

The dealership was begun by Louis G. Gest and was purchased by Ernie Miller in 1963. On July 1 of this year the Miller family celebrated 50 years of ownership.

The renovation which began this year is the most extensive in the history of the dealership.

ROADS—Commissioners discussed a new Texas Senate bill which would free up funds for counties to renovate roads.

Commissioners also approved three recommendations to the Central Counties Center MHMR board of directors and okayed a $148,000 bid to Water Treatment Construction of Bryan for a Gause Water Supply Corporation project.

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