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Community Profile

Giddings is the County Seat of Lee County, Texas and is situated on the intersection of U.S. Highways 77 and 290, 55 miles (89 km) east of Austin and west of College Station, and approximately 100 miles NW of Houston. The population was 5,665 at the 2010 census.

Lee County was organized on April 14, 1874 from Bastrop, Burleson, Fayette and Washington Counties. As of the 2010 census, the county’s population was 16,612 and the population has a similar ethnic makeup relative to the overall United States.


RECENT DEVELOPMENTS


Recently, the GEDC purchased a 165 acre tract of land along Hwy 290 on the east side within the city limits for conversion into an industrial park. The Giddings 290 Business Park is now under development with land currently available for sale.

The City of Giddings and the Giddings Economic Development are currently working together to develop the Central Business District Development Area. A visitor's center has been established, along with a museum of agriculture and history. The freight depot nearby houses a display celebrating the city's links with the railroad and many previously vacant buildings have been rehabilitated and sold or leased for commercial use.



AIRPORT


Giddings–Lee County Airport (ICAO: KGYB, FAA LID: GYB) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) west of the central business district of Giddings. The Giddings/Lee County Airport features a 100 x 100 hangar and airport terminal. The citizens of Giddings had the foresight to upgrade the facility to accommodate not only oilmen during the oil boom, but also service related companies that continue to relocate to Giddings.

The airport covers an area of 84 acres (34 ha) which contains one runway designated 17/35 with a 4,000x75 ft (1,219 x 23 m) asphalt surface. For the 12-month period ending January 25, 2005, the airport had 4,500 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 12 per day. At that time there were 17 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 6% multi-engine and 12% ultralight.


TAX INFORMATION


The Lee Central Appraisal District appraises property at fair market value for ad valorem taxes of all taxing units within the boundaries of Lee Central Appraisal District.

Taxing Entities:
Lee County
Giddings ISD
City of Giddings
Lexington ISD
City of Lexington
Dime Box ISD


City of Giddings, Giddings ISD and Lee County Tax Rates:
Property tax rate .5068
Effective tax rate .4821
Effective M&O tax rate .2868
Rollback tax rate .4969
Debt tax rate .1874
City sales tax 8.25
County sales tax 6.75


INDUSTRY


Agriculture is the leading industry with $30-$40 million dollars gross sales by agricultural producers. Agricultural enterprises dominating sales include beef cattle, hay, nursery crops, horses, swine, corn, grain sorghum, pecans and aquaculture.

The effects of the recent oil and gas boom in the state of Texas, and particularly in the Eagle Ford Shale, can clearly be seen in the employment data for the county. The most common occupations for residents of Lee County are those that involve construction or oil & gas extraction activities- an occupational category thatapplies to the oil and gas industry, and that pays wages that are generally above average wages.


GEOGRAPHY & NATURAL RESOURCES


Giddings has a total of 5.2 sq miles and sits at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 77; and U.S. Highway 290. The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The city is an easy drive from most places within Central Texas, and because it is located between two major high-growth metro areas and has north-south and east-west highways running through it, its geographical location invites opportunities for businesses involved with manufacturing and assembly, storage and shipping. Giddings, Lee County is one of the increasingly few areas that has a stable water supply.


HEALTHCARE


St. Mark's Medical Center is a 65 bed, 100,000 square foot hospital, located 12 miles south of Giddings near LaGrange, Texas. The first class facility is equipped with the most modern technology on the market today, staffed by highly trained physicians and healthcare professionals.


RECREATION


Recreation in Lee County includes Nails Creek State Park on Lake Somerville, Lexington Pioneer Village, the Wendish Museum, the Giddings Train Depot and Transportation Museum, community events, and hunting and fishing. The Wendish heritage in Giddings is celebrated annually in nearby Serbin, Texas, put on by the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. It occurs on the fourth Sunday every September.


HISTORY


The land where the city of Giddings now stands was part of the land granted to Stephen F. Austin in 1821 for a colony in Spanish Texas, and later became part of the Robertson Colony. The city itself was founded in 1871 when the Houston and Texas Central Railway came to the area.


PARTNERS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


Chamber of Commerce– 289 Railroad Avenue