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Ask the Mayor

Do you have a question about City Government?

Have you ever wondered why we do what we do, or even how we do what we do? This is your opportunity to find out!

– Mayor D.J. Ory

Submit a question to the Mayor or City Staff regarding City of Terrell business. We will post questions and answers on this page.

This is a service provided for Terrell residents and businesses only. We look forward to your questions!


Can anyone fish on the city lake, or is it private?

Can anyone fish on the city lake, or is it private? Thank you for your inquiry. Currently, the city lake is not open to the public. Thank you, DJ Ory

I was informed you are Mayor and you take no salary. Also, I observed you as a spokesman at a city council meeting. In the city I just left, that would have been a direct conflict of interest. Please explain.

I was informed you are Mayor and you take no salary.  Also, I observed you as a spokesman at a city council meeting. In the city I just left, that would have been a direct conflict of interest. Please explain. The mayor is not compensated for his/her duties and is only reimbursed for personal expenses …

I have heard rumors that Olive Garden was going to be building a restaurant near Buc-ee’s. I have not been able to find any articles on the web to verify this. Can you provide any insight on this? Just looking forward to some salad and breadsticks! Thanks.

I have heard rumors that Olive Garden was going to be building a restaurant near Buc-ee’s. I have not been able to find any articles on the web to verify this. Can you provide any insight on this? Just looking forward to some salad and breadsticks! Thanks. Thanks for your inquiry. As a Terrell High …

I was under the impression that Chik-fil-a was going in near Buc-ee’s this year. It is now July. What is the latest on this?

I was under the impression that Chik-fil-a was going in near Buc-ee’s this year. It is now July. What is the latest on this? Thanks for your inquiry. As a Terrell High School graduate and longtime resident, I am always enthusiastic about new development coming to town. We work hard at the City to create …

What board or entity sets the city property tax rate and…

Q. -What board or entity sets the city property tax rate and homestead exemption amounts for the City of Terrell and how can they be contacted with questions?

What is the update on the Fairfield Inn by Buccees?

Q. -What is the update on the Fairfield Inn by Buccees? They started ground work but I haven’t seen other work since?

Any new information on the new Baylor Hospital?

Q. -Any new information on the new Baylor Hospital? Are they still going to build one? Be nice, since the growth here and surrounding cities are increasing.

The mosquitoes are out of control. Can the city spray before June to control them?

Q. -The mosquitoes are out of control. Can the city spray before June to control them?

As Mayor are you aware that feral hogs have been spotted in our area of the city?

Q. -As Mayor are you aware that feral hogs have been spotted in our area of the city? The police were called but said that they were not allowed to shoot them. These hogs do a lot of damage. There have been several articles in The Dallas Morning News about the damage in other areas. …

I’ve been told for months now that Hobby Lobby is going to be a new addition to the city…

Q. -I’ve been told for months now that Hobby Lobby is going to be a new addition to the city. It was said to be done this month and built by Buccees, but have not seen or heard anything else. What is going on with that?