PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Motiva and Port Arthur ISD reached an agreement on tax money used by the school district.

Motiva has paid more than $17 million to the Jefferson County tax assessor's office even though the company was not required to do so. 

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Port Arthur ISD superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie told 12News the refinery chose to make the payment to help the 8,300 students. 

The payment was made despite the end of a 10-year tax agreement that released Motiva from tax obligations.