Written by Amanda Casanova
Voters will have a chance to decide in November whether a half-cent tax (CRDC tax) that generates funding for parks and recreation developments will be reauthorized and broadened for use with other city projects.
The Coppell City Council unanimously voted on July 23 to call the special election for Nov. 5.
Already the tax, which was first voted on and established in 1996, has paid for an aquatic center, Wagon Wheel park improvements, a tennis center and improvements to the city’s hike and bike trail system.
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.
If the tax is not reauthorized, a sunset clause will end it in 2018.