Written by Amanda Casanova
The Coppell Recreation Development Corporation (CRDC) committee will present a proposal to the City Council on July 9 to reauthorize a half-cent tax that generates funding for park and recreation projects.
The 8-member CRDC committee has been asking for input on both reauthorizing the tax and broadening the use of the revenue.
If the City Council approves the tax, Coppell citizens will be asked to vote on it as early as Nov. 5. If the tax is not reauthorized, it will sunset in 2018, leaving maintenance on the projects that the tax has already funded to be paid by the city’s general fund.
In May, residents at the first public forum said they wanted to extend the tax but were worried the proposed projects weren’t all related to parks and recreation.
If the tax is reauthorized, the committee has suggested a number of new projects for the revenue, including Andrew Brown park redevelopment, Cozby library expansion, greenspace additions, a fire safety education building and park and sport amenity developments. All of the projects would have to first be approved by the City Council, Ed Guignon, a member of the CRDC committee, said.