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Breakdown of ordinances and propositions that appear on the Denton County ballot

Breakdown of ordinances and propositions that appear on the Denton County ballot

Breakdown of ordinances and propositions that appear on the Denton County ballot
October 25
11:00 2018

Early voting began Monday, and continues until Nov. 2 and while the ballot features numerous candidates for local, state and national elections, it also features important local ordinances. These are the ordinances Denton voters will find on their ballot this year:

Frisco Independent School District

Proposition A

What it says: “Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.57 per $100 valuation in Frisco ISD for the current year, a rate that is $0.13 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback rate, for the purpose of generating additional revenue for district maintenance and operations resulting in a final tax rate of $1.44 per $100 valuation and a decrease of the overall tax rate by $0.02.”

What it means: Approving the tax rate for assessed items such as real estate, the school district will raise the maintenance and operations tax rate by $0.13, while the interest and sinking tax rate is proposed to decrease by $0.15. The overall tax rate will decrease by $0.02.

Proposition B

What it says: “The issuance of $691,000,000 of bonds by Frisco Independent School District for the construction, renovation, acquisition and equipment of school buildings in the district, including the purchase of new school buses and the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings and levying the tax in payment thereof, including the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds.”

What it means: Issuing $691 million in bonds by Frisco ISD to buy property and equipment for constructing and renovating school buildings, as well as purchasing new school buses. “Levy tax” refers to property taxes, which are the major tax revenue source for cities, counties and school districts, and refers to collecting taxes by authority  according to the Overview of Local Taxes is Texas, prepared by TLC Research Division in 2002 for the Senate Committee on Finance.

City of Justin

Proposition A

What it says: “The reduction of the local sales and use tax in the City of Justin dedicated for the benefit of a section 4a and 4b economic development corporations from one-half (1/2) of one percent to one-fourth (1/4) of 1 percent each and authorizing the adoption of a one-half (1/2) of 1 percent sales tax to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.”

What it means: Local sales and use tax will be reduced from .5 of a percent to .25 of a percent, while .5 of a percent will be added to sales tax  in order to produce revenue for maintenance and repair of city streets.

By Parker Ward

City of Pilot Point

Proposition A

What it says: “The issuance of $4,500,000 general obligation bonds for public safety facilities and renovation of existing public safety facilities.”

What it means: Use $4.5 million in funds secured by local government or the state to be legally available resources to build and/or improve sidewalks.

Proposition B

What it says: “The issuance of $4,000,000 general obligation bonds for street improvements.”

What it means: Use $4 million in funds secured by local government or the state to be legally available resources to improve streets.

Proposition C

What it says: “The issuance of $500,000 general obligation bonds for master plan for drainage system and improvements.”

What it means: Use $500,000 in funds secured by local government or the state to be legally available resources to construct and improve the city drainage system.

Proposition D

What it says: “The issuance of $500,000 general obligation bonds for bonds for sidewalks.”

What it means: Use $500,000 in funds secured by local government or the state to be legally available resources to build and/or improve sidewalks.

Town of Providence Village

Proposition A

What it says: “The adoption of a Type B sales and use tax at the rate of one-half of one percent (0.50%) for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises and to undertake any and all projects allowed by law, which includes projects as described in Chapters 505 and 501, Texas Local Government Code.”

What it means: The town will adopt a new sales and use tax at .5 of 1 percent in order to develop and expand businesses as Chapters 501 and 505 grant municipalities the ability to create Type B corporations, so long as the taxes imposed do not exceed 8.25 percent.

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Sean Riedel

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Sean Riedel was the news editor at the North Texas Daily from August 2018 to May 2019, and previously served as a staff writer from June 2017 to August 2018.

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