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Collin County Commissioners approve FY 2018-19 property tax rate 1.15 cents lower than previous year

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Collin County residents will on average pay $5.45 less in county property taxes in fiscal year 2018-19 than in FY 2017-18 after county commissioners on Monday approved its budget and tax rate.

Commissioners adopted a tax rate of $0.180785 per $100 property valuation for FY 2018-19, down nearly 1.15-cents from the $0.192246 per $100 property valuation rate in FY 2017-18. This is the county’s 25th year with no tax rate increase.

The tax rate is broken down into two categories: $0.127212 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations and $0.053573 per $100 valuation for debt service.

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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD revises football schedule; teams will not play home games in the redesigned stadium

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A rendering of Mustang-Panther Stadium was released by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD last fall. (Rendering courtesy GCISD)

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has reversed its earlier decision to host its home games at the redesigned Mustang-Panther Stadium, according to a news release sent out Tuesday.

Previously, it was announced the Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine football teams were scheduled to play their first official home games of the season on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, respectively, at Mustang-Panther Stadium as renovations continued; however, excessive rainfall in recent weeks—coupled with the possibility of more in the forecast—has caused additional delays.

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Frisco ranks No. 1 as Money’s best place to live

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Frisco was ranked the No. 1 Best Place to Live by Money. (Courtesy city of Frisco)

Money, published by Time, Inc., has ranked Frisco as No. 1 in its annual list of Best Places to Live.

The listing looks at any U.S. city with a population of more than 50,000 people and considers schools, flourishing economies, vibrant communities and low crime rates, according to Money.

The magazine states that Frisco has a “relatively low cost of living compared with its higher incomes and booming job growth.”

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Denton County Transportation Authority proposes 121 commuter bus service to link Lewisville and McKinney

 

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DCTA proposed a 121 commuter service, called Route 70, which will connect Old Town, Lewisville and downtown McKinney. Courtesy DCTA

Denton County Transportation Authority is working with area cities in Denton and Collin counties on a potential bus transportation service that would run from downtown McKinney to Lewisville’s Old Town with several stops in between.

The DCTA on Sept. 12 presented a proposal to the McKinney Urban Transit District for the commuter service along the SH 121 corridor called Route 70.

According to the proposal, the service would allow for job access by bringing workers into McKinney, as well as giving McKinney residents access to employment opportunities in Denton County.

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Chinese development group to bring mall project to US 380 corridor

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A multilevel mall project is planned to introduce Chinese home goods to the American market. (Rendering courtesy city of Frisco)

Frisco City Council approved to rezone 77 acres on Tuesday along US 380 for a multilevel shopping center project with additional retail, office, hotel and urban-living residential units.

The rezoning request was approved with the condition that the developer would begin construction on 100,000 square feet of office space plus the first phase of the mall and retail aspects before receiving a building permit for any residential building.

Lesso America, a subsidiary of building material manufacturer China Lesso Group Holdings Ltd., has owned the land for two years and plans to move its American headquarters to the development.

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Road Closures This Weekend

DnaFxhPU4AI9L1BOn-Ramp Closures: Pending weather, North Gate Constructors will conduct a full closure of the SB William D. Tate Ave on-ramps (small ramps in front of Skate Town) to SH 121/360 this weekend from 8pm, Fri, 9/21 to 6am, Mon, 9/24. Traffic will be detoured to Stone Myers Pkwy.

Grapevine City Council Agenda

View tonight’s agenda at http://grapevinetexas.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2437.

Fire Training at DFW This Week

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Exercises at the DFW Fire Training Research Center are taking place throughout this week. You may see smoke during training hours.

For more information: https://www.dfwairport.com/firetrainingschedule/

Grapevine Police Association fundraiser Sept 21 – 22, 25 – 26

California Pizza Kitchen (Grapevine location only – located at 1051 TX-114) will begin its fundraiser for the Grapevine Police Association, which runs 9/21, 9/22, 9/25 and 9/26. The restaurant will donate 20% of the bill for anyone who dines in their restaurant (or orders carry-out) on these dates and brings in the flyer below. If you forget the flyer, just tell your server you want your check to benefit the Grapevine Police Association fundraiser.

The Grapevine Police Association is a non-profit that donates money to law enforcement personnel and families in crisis, provides scholarships, sponsors police events, and supports the Darren Medlin bicycle team. Feel free to say ‘hi’ to our officers when you see them enjoying a meal in CPK.

Downloadable Flyer (.pdf)

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Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull Dies After Being Shot By Robbery Suspect

HullFORT WORTH, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — Undercover Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull who was shot just after midnight Friday outside the Los Vaqueros bar in the 400 block of Biddison Street has died.

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald along with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and several members of the Fort Worth Police Department announced the news just after midnight Saturday morning — just about 24 hours after Hull was shot during a confrontation with a group of armed robbery suspects.

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