DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL FACADE GRANT PROGRAM

50/50 Reimbursement grant program to provide an opportunity to provide assistance to downtown businesses when improving their storefronts.

Grants available for the following amounts:

  • Facade (storefront / entrance area of building) up to $10,000.00 ($20,000.00+ total project)
  • Sign only up to $500.00 ($1,000.00+ total project)
  • Paint only up to $5,000.000 ($10,000.00+ total project)

FUNDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE -- APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED AT ANY TIME.

Applications due: December 1 and May 1
Informational meeting: November and April
Grant application review: December and May
Grant recipient notification: December and May EDC Board Meeting
Project start date: No later than sixty (60) days after the Grant Agreement is executed.
Project completion date: No later than six (6) months from the date the Grant Agreement is executed.

For more information, contact
Rachel Siller at 956-361-3800 ext 304 or rsiller@cityofsanbenito.com
Bernard Rodriguez at 956-361-3800 ext 415 or brodriguez@cityofsanbenito.com

Guidelines
Application
Map of eligible properties

DOWNTOWN RENT SUBSIDY GRANT PROGRAM

Rent subsidy grant program to provide an opportunity to assist start-up businesses and existing businesses opening a new location in downtown.

Grants available for up six (6) months of rent, or a total not not exceed $5,000.00

First round of applications due: December 1
Informational meeting: November
First round of grant application review: December
First round of grant recipient notification: December EDC Board Meeting

For more information, contact
Rachel Siller at 956-361-3800 ext 304 or rsiller@cityofsanbenito.com
Bernard Rodriguez at 956-361-3800 ext 415 or brodriguez@cityofsanbenito.com

Guidelines
Application
Map of eligible properties

USDA SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM

FREEPORT TAX EXEMPTION

Effective January 2018, companies may apply for an exemption of its freeport tax on warehouse inventory.  This exemption is anticipated to save companies a substantial amount of money annually.  Based on 2016 inventory levels, San Benito and Los Indios based companies would be eligible for savings of up to $500,000. (www.valleybusinessreport.com  12/2016) 

TIRZ

 The Tax Increment Financing Act (Chapter 311 of the Tax Code), provides for municipalities to create 'reinvestment zones' within which various public works and improvements can be undertaken, using tax increment revenues, bonds or notes, to pay for those improvements.  At the time an area is designated a reinvestment zone (TIRZ) for tax increment financing (TIF), the existing total of appraised value of real property in the zone is identified and designated as the 'tax increment base'.  Taxing units levying taxes in the zone during its life are limited to revenues from this base.  The City of San Benito established Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone One in 2009, which expires in 2023.  Zone One is comprised of vacant land throughout the City including public right of ways and associated alley ways of numerous City streets.  The Zone was created to provide the following benefits:       1. Funding for necessary public improvements associated with needed development and redevelopment in the city.      2. Replace low value existing land uses with high value commercial, industrial, single and multi-family land uses.      3. Offer employment opportunities and reduce commuting time for San Benito and Cameron County residents.      4. Help to balance population growth in Cameron County.      5. Provide a more efficient use of existing city and county services and infrastructure.      6. Help to address structural imbalances in the San Benito economy and housing market.  The Project Plan identifies several public improvements that may utilize the TIF funds.

The Tax Increment Financing Act (Chapter 311 of the Tax Code), provides for municipalities to create 'reinvestment zones' within which various public works and improvements can be undertaken, using tax increment revenues, bonds or notes, to pay for those improvements.  At the time an area is designated a reinvestment zone (TIRZ) for tax increment financing (TIF), the existing total of appraised value of real property in the zone is identified and designated as the 'tax increment base'.  Taxing units levying taxes in the zone during its life are limited to revenues from this base.

The City of San Benito established Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone One in 2009, which expires in 2023.

Zone One is comprised of vacant land throughout the City including public right of ways and associated alley ways of numerous City streets.  The Zone was created to provide the following benefits:

     1. Funding for necessary public improvements associated with needed development and redevelopment in the city.
     2. Replace low value existing land uses with high value commercial, industrial, single and multi-family land uses.
     3. Offer employment opportunities and reduce commuting time for San Benito and Cameron County residents.
     4. Help to balance population growth in Cameron County.
     5. Provide a more efficient use of existing city and county services and infrastructure.
     6. Help to address structural imbalances in the San Benito economy and housing market.

The Project Plan identifies several public improvements that may utilize the TIF funds.