PASADENA, Texas (AP) - Three commissioners appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation's largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million, and that has schools and governments worried.
Communities fear they'll have to pay back money that's already spent after a particularly bad budget year.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is evaluating 16 requests for the refund. Valero believes it is eligible because of pollution-controlling technology used at refineries. The company thinks it shouldn't have to pay taxes on the devices because of a
Texas law that says such technology is tax-free.