San Marcos considers raising family wage to $15 for new businesses

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — On Tuesday, the San Marcos City Council discussed making a new jobs incentive requirement that would raise the local family wage.

Three council members, John Thomaides, Lisa Prewitt, and Scott Gregson, requested that this new requirement be placed on Tuesday’s agenda.

To bring businesses to San Marcos, the council has allocated $200,000 a year of taxpayers’ money to provide incentives. City Council member John Thomaides says they review jobs, wages, locations and overall benefit to the city before offering a business an incentives package.

Within the packages there could be anything from a property tax abatement to sales tax rebates. Thomaides says in order for jobs to be considered in the incentives package businesses must offer at least $15 per hour plus benefits which include health insurance.

Without a business having a family wage of $15 an hour plus benefits, like health insurance, the category of jobs will not hold weight when the city council puts an incentive package together.

“Any job that is created that we [provide incentives for] that pays poverty level wages is just making the problem worse,” Thomaides says.

The city council has until Feb. 2, 2016 to decide on the new requirement.

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