• LOCATION & GOVERNMENT

    City of Breckenridge, County of Stephens, State of Texas, located at Junction of U.S. Highways 180 & 183; 95 miles West of Fort Worth, 57 miles Northeast of Abilene.

     

    City Government
    Type Home Rule
    Number on Council 5
    Municipal Police 11
    Paid Firefighters 10
    Volunteer Firefighters  
    City Zoning Body Yes
    Master Plan Yes
    Population
    Year 2014 (est.) 2000 Census 1990 Census
    City 5,545 5,868 5,665
    County 9,405 9,674 9,010
  • TAXES

    Tax Rate (per $100 Assessed Value) – 2014  
    Stephens County $0.7543
    Breckenridge City $0.86183
    Breckenridge ISD $1.12945
    Hospital District $0.185
    Total $2.93058

     

    Sales Tax
    Tax Type

    Tax Rate (%)
    State Sales Tax 6.250%
    Municipal Sales Tax 1.250%
    Economic Development Tax 0.500%
    Other Sales Taxes 0.250%
    Total Sales Tax 8.250%
  • INCENTIVES

    LOCAL INCENTIVES

    Breckenridge and Stephens County have several effective tools available as incentives for area economic development. Incentives are typically based on primary job creation and may vary on a case-by-case basis. We are also aggressively pursuing quality of life improving businesses and essential services such as day care, etc.

    Economic Development Sales Tax
    The citizens of Breckenridge voted overwhelmingly in 2007 to pass a half-cent 4B sales tax to be used for industry, manufacturing, and business attraction and retention, to help provide affordable housing, and to address other quality of life issues. A city appointed board of seven community leaders head the Breckenridge Economic Development Corporation. Breckenridge has had a half-cent 4A economic development tax since 1990. The new 4B gives the Breckenridge EDC much more flexibility in providing funding for needed projects.

    Reinvestment Zones
    The City of Breckenridge is capable of providing reinvestment zones for the purpose of tax abatements, tax increment financing and public improvement districts.

    Enterprise Zone
    Breckenridge has established the entire city as an Enterprise Zone. Qualifying businesses may receive a refund of state sales and use tax paid on equipment, machinery, and building materials purchased for use in the Zone based on the levels of job creation and capital investment.

    Tax Increment Financing
    The City of Breckenridge will consider using Tax increment Financing of needed public improvements in a defined area. This form of financing is backed by the tax increment generated by the development.

    Property Tax Abatement
    The City of Breckenridge and Stephens County will consider providing a property tax abatement on the appraised value of real property improvements and business personal property, to promote and retain high quality development in all areas of the city.

    Chapter 380/381 Agreements
    This sales tax sharing agreement in the form of a loan or grant is available to promote local economic development and to stimulate business and commercial activity in the city and county.

    Triple Freeport Exemption
    Various types of goods that are detained in Texas for 175 days or less, and are in Texas only for a limited purpose such as assembly, storage, manufacturing, processing or fabricating are exempt from property tax if considered Freeport property. The City, County and Breckenridge Independent School District will consider this tax exemption.

     


    STATE OF TEXAS INCENTIVES

    Our local leaders can help you locate and apply for incentives offered by The State of Texas. A brief overview of available programs is listed below.

    Texas Enterprise Fund
    This fund was created as a tool to attract business and create jobs in Texas. Applicants must make significant capital investment, provide high-quality jobs, and complete an Enterprise Fund application, approved in Austin.

    Texas Emerging Technology Fund
    This relatively new fund is targeted to support projects that create high-tech / emerging tech new jobs or lead to medical or scientific breakthroughs.

    Texas Leverage Fund
    Since Breckenridge has the 4B Economic Development sales tax in place, loan funds from the State are available to the Breckenridge EDC for eligible economic development projects. The fund can be used for interim, long-term, or gap financing.

    Texas Capital Fund
    The Texas Capital Fund provides economic development grants and loans to ‘non-entitlement communities’ such as Breckenridge. Use of the funds include road an utility infrastructure, acquisition and construction of real property, and main street public infrastructure improvements.

    Texas Linked Deposit Program
    This program was established to encourage lending to historically underutilized businesses, non-profit corporations and/or small businesses at low, fixed interest rates.

    Industrial Revenue Bond Program
    This provides taxable and tax-exempt bond financing for land and depreciable property for industrial or manufacturing projects.

    Texas Manufacturing Assistance Centers
    TMAC provides field engineers to work with small manufacturers to implement technologies and techniques that improve manufacturers’ ability to more effieiently produce high-quality products.

    Small Business Development Center
    Offered through Texas Tech University, the purpose of the SBDC is to assist new entrepreneurs in realizing their business potential and assist existing small business in remaining competitive in our changing global economy. It provides this no cost service through its affiliation with America’s most comprehensive small business assistance network in the country.

     

     

    FEDERAL INCENTIVES

    Our helpful staff can also assist you with numerous federal loan and grant programs for small business, that are available for Breckenridge businesses, including:

    Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loan Program
    which offers long-term, fixed rate financing to existing companies with sound business purpose

    SBA 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program
    which benefits small businesses by helping finance long-term loans through reducing risk taken by the lender.

    USDA Business & Cooperative Programs
    increase rural job opportunities, facilitate the development of rural businesses, and improve economic development. Available programs include:

    • Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans
    • Renewable Energy Loans & Grants
    • Rural Business Opportunity Grants
    • Rural business Enterprise Grants
    • Value-Added Producer Grants
    • Intermediary Relending Program
    • Rural Economic Development Loans & Grants
    • Rural Cooperative Development Grants

     

    USDA Community Development Programs
    enhance economic opportunities and quality of life for rural Texans by funding programs that create or improve telecommunications, community facilities, and water and wastewater systems. Available programs include:

    • Water and Wastewater Disposal Direct Loans, Grants and Guaranteed Loans
    • Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants
    • Distance Learning & Telemedicine Loans & Grants
    • Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Guaranteed Loans
    • Solid Waste Management Grants

     

    USDA Housing Programs
    ensure rural communities have access to safe, well-built, affordable homes. Funds can be used to build, renovate or repair a home. Available programs include:

    • Rural Housing Guaranteed Loans
    • Rural Housing Direct Loans
    • Housing Repair Loans & Grants
    • Multi-Family Housing Guaranteed Loans

     

    For more information on any of these programs, contact Virgil Moore at the Breckenridge EDC, Phone 254-559-6228, Email vmoore@breckenridgetexas.com.

  • UTILITIES

    Electric Delivery
    Electric Energy Delivery Oncor Electric Delivery
    Reliability 99.973948
    Transmission Voltage 69 KV, 138 KV, 345 KV
    Service Voltage 120/208, 120/240, 240/480, 277/480

     

    Natural Gas
    Provider Texas Gas Service
    BTU Content Per Cubic Ft. 1,000

     

    Water
    Supplier City of Breckenridge
    Source Lake Daniel & Hubbard Creek Reservoir
    Maximum Daily System Capacity 4,200,000 gallons
    Maximum Daily Use to Date 3,660,000 gallons
    Pressure on Mains 80 psi
    Storage Capacity 1,650,000 gallons
    Size of Mains 6-30 inches
    System Looped Yes

     

    Sewer
    Treatment Plan Types Aeration-circulation, oxidation ditch
    Max Capacity 950,000 gallons
    Max Daily Use to Date 600,000 gallons

     

    Telephone Service Providers
      AT&T
    Digital Available Yes
    Analog Available No
    Electromechanical No
    Make and Model Ericsson AXE
    Software Level  
    Fiber Optics Yes
    Switched 56 Kbps Yes
    High Capacity Digital (T-1) Yes
    Digital Data Service Yes
    911 Available Yes
    Other Network Services Yes

     

    Television Service Providers
    Provider DirectTv
    877-373-9168 Directv Packages
  • TRANSPORTATION

    Nearest Airports
    Airport Name Stephens County Airport (BKD)
    Longest Runway Length 5,000
    Runway Surface Asphalt
    Fuel for Purchase Yes
    Instrument Landing System Yes
    Lighted Yes

     

    Airports Within One Hour
    International Airports None
    Regional Airports Abilene Regional (ABI)
    Stephens County Airport (BKD)
    Municipal Airports None
    Fuel for Purchase Yes

     

    Rail Service Providers
    No information available

     

    Freight Carriers
    Airborne; Federal Express; Greyhound-Trailways Lines; Tex-Pack Express; United Parcel Service
    Public Transportation
    CARR City and Rural Rides
  • MAJOR EMPLOYERS

    Employer Industry # of Employees
    ABC Printing Printing Service 12
    Badger Rotary Drilling Drilling & Roustabout 50
    Basa Resources, Inc. Oil & Gas Company 23
    Beall’s Retail 8
    Bold Ideas Firearm Manufacture 17
    Breck Operating Corporation Oil & Gas Company 40
    Breckenridge Auto & Engine Supply Automotive Parts Supply and Repair 11
    Breckenridge Geophysical Oil & Gas Company 26
    Breckenridge InterBank Financial Institution 18
    Breckenridge ISD School District 260
    Breckenridge, City of Municipality 87
    Bridgeport Manufacturing, Inc. Manufacturing 79
    Carstens Motor Company Auto Dealership 10
    Cash Saver Grocery 45
    Cedar Crest Care Center Nursing Facility 45
    Delta Oil & Gas Oil & Gas Company 21
    Dye, R.E., Mfg. Company Aircraft Components 60
    Ezell Aviation Aircraft Repair/Construction 24
    First National Bank of Albany/Breckenridge Financial Institution 32
    Hanlon Gas Processing Gas Processing 19
    J&J Oilfield Electric Oilfield Electric 29
    Jonell Filtration Pdts., Inc. Filters 106
    McDonalds Restaurant 35
    PETEX, Inc. Oil & Gas Company 44
    Ray’s Grocery & Market Grocery 15
    Raydon Construction Construction 65
    Singleton Moldings Picture Frames 12
    Stephens County Government 49
    Stephens Memorial Hospital County Hospital 138
    Targa Midstream Serv. Gas Processing 10
    TDCJ – Walker Sayle Unit State Prison 150
    Texas State Technical College Education 35
    Texas Tank Trucks Oilfield Trucking 35
    Triple S Dynamics Metal Screens & Separators 25
    Villa Haven Nursing Center Nursing Facility 61
    Wal-Mart Discount Store 154
  • EDUCATION

    Area Colleges and Universities Texas State Technical College West Texas (various opportunities for distance learning offered at TSTC on the Breckenridge Campus); Abilene Christian University-Abilene; Cisco Junior College-Cisco; Hardin Simmons University-Abilene; McMurry University-Abilene; Ranger College-Ranger
    Vocational Program Available Yes
    State Industrial Job Training Available Yes

     

    Breckenridge (2008)
      Number of Schools Total Enrollment
    Elementary 3 872
    Middle School 1 218
    High School 1 467
    Special/Head Start 1 40
    Alternate Education 1 4
    Private Schools 1  
    Budget $14,488,465.00  
  • WAGE DATA

    Production Classifications

     

    Occupational Title Entry Level Wage ($/hr)
    Low High
    Aircraft Mechanic 15.05 24.49
    Assembler, General 7.97 13.65
    Electrician 13.94 19.72
    Electronics Assembler 13.40 22.06
    Forklift Operator 6.50 10.00
    Janitor, any industry 6.55 9.09
    Laborer, General 8.00 12.55
    Machinist/Related Occup. 11.05 16.39
    Maintenance, General 8.85 16.43
    Mechanic (Maintenance) 8.85 16.43
    Sewing Machine (Garment) 6.49 8.78
    Sheet Metal Worker 7.00 17.00
    Truck Driver, Lt., any ind. 8.22 12.02
    Warehouse Worker 6.00 12.02
    Welder, Production 9.97 15.32
    Office, Clerical and Technical Classifications
    Occupational Title Entry Level Wage ($/hr)
    Low High
    Accountant/Auditor 17.02 27.73
    Computer Operator 10.10 18.80
    Computer Programmer 28.86 43.84
    Customer Service Rep. 9.75 14.76
    Electronic Technician 15.72 21.41
    General Office Clerk 8.30 13.04
    Key Data Entry Oper. 6.00 6.00
    Secretarial 9.46 14.45
    Shipping & Rec. Clerk 8.67 12.88
    Telemarketing 9.61 15.45
  • COMMUNITY INFORMATION

    Health Care
    Total Hospital Beds in City 40 Total Doctors (Medical) in City 5

     

    Media
    Daily Papers 3 Local Papers 1
    Local TV Yes Cable TV Available Yes

     

    Recreation
    Parks 2 Area Lakes 3
    Country Clubs 1 Health Centers
    Public Golf Courses 1 Theaters 1
    Tennis Courts 4 Bed & Breakfast Facilities 3
    Hotel & Motel Rooms 120 Libraries 1
    Other Public gym; RV park and campground; boat rentals; soccer fields; baseball and softball parks; rodeo arena; horseshoe pitching court; aquatic center with pavilions

     

    Climate
    Annual Average Temperature 64.6 F Annual Average High Temperature 84.1 F
    Annual Average Low Temperature 43.3 F Annual Average Precipitation 26.0″
    Annual Average Snowfall 1.8″ Elevation 1,220′

     

    Houses Of Worship
    Apostolic; Assembly of God; Baptist; Catholic; Christian; Christian Scientist; Church of Christ; Episcopal; Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses; Methodist; Nazarene; Non-Denominational; Pentecostal; Presbyterian; Seventh Day Adventist
    Attractions
    Air Museum; Antique Car Show; Breckenridge Trade Days; Hunting and Fishing; Swenson Museum and Oil Museum Annex; Polo on the Prairie; Frontier Days; Fine Arts Center and Mural Capital of Texas
    Finance
    Breckenridge InterBank; First National Bank Albany/Breckenridge; Graham Savings