Medina County seeks fire inspection arrangement with Microsoft; county cash balance at $34.2 million

By Anton Riecher
Medina County commissioners have approved an agreement with Microsoft under the Texas Local Government Code to provide fire inspection services at the company’ new 106,012-square-foot data center near Castroville.
The action was taken May 13 during the commissioners regular session.
“This is a culmination of something started several years ago when Judge (Chris) Schuchart was still here,” County Judge Keith Lutz explained. Starting with the new Microsoft campus the objective was to position the county government to conduct commercial code inspection countywide.
The three-year agreement with Microsoft will bring the county $100,000 a year to perform fire inspection services at the new $230 million data center on FM 1957. Under chapter 381 of the Texas Local Government Code counties are allowed to provide incentives encouraging developers to build in their jurisdictions.
In other development news, a public hearing on levying assessments on property located within the Haby Farms Public Improvement Distrtict improvement area number one drew no comment.
Commissioners passed an order accepting and approving a service and…