Terrell Special Election

In 2017, the City of Terrell used a public input process to develop a new Comprehensive Plan, a new Parks and Recreation Plan, and a new Downtown Plan. City Council brought together expertise from a wide range of professionals to analyze data, funding structures and current facilities as well as to facilitate numerous ways to engage the public in the discussion.

Citizen viewpoints were integral to the planning process. In more than 50 public meetings and workshops, a strong message emerged: improve parks anddowntown as a means of enhancing quality of life for existing residents and the competitiveness of Terrell for future positive economic development.

Upon listening to residents and businesses alike over this lengthy public involvement and planning process, the Terrell City Council has called a special election for voters to determine how to move forward. Residents are being asked to vote FOR or AGAINST reallocating a portion of the City’s sales tax revenue from its industrial development fund to a new public park and downtown capital improvement fund. There is NO property or sales tax increase associated with the proposal.

Due to a City Election in 1990, 4/8th’s of one percent of the City’s sales tax is dedicated to benefit industrial development, roughly $2,600,000 annually. The plan for voter consideration will move 1/8 of one percent of that existing sales tax revenue from the industrial development fund to a new fund designated for public park and downtown capital improvements.

If the vote passes, approximately $650,000 a year will be refocused-from industrial development to public park and downtown capital improvements.

Residents are being asked to vote FOR or AGAINST reallocating a portion of the City’s sales tax revenue from its Type A industrial development fund to a new Type B public park and downtown capital improvement fund while continuing business retention. There is NO property or sales tax increase associated with the proposal.