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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!


Animals in the City limites

I am looking to buy a home in the city limits that is 4 acres and would like to have goats and or horses. Is that allowed in the city limits? Thanks for your inquiry. Section 5: Keeping of livestock. A. It shall be unlawful, subject to the provisions of sections 7 and 8 of this chapter, for any person …

Park Master Plan

I see the master plan document and I was wanting to know if that plan is in motion and what steps has the board done to move forward. Also, the approximate date for projects would be nice. Thank you. Thank you for reaching out to the City of Terrell regarding an update on the Park Master Plan.  The City of Terrell understands …

How is the new home development going in Terrell?

Q. – How is the new home development going in Terrell? I see a lot of retail coming, is there planned subdivisions in place? Any coming soon? I love living in Terrell, however as my family grows I would like to have new build options to where I can build and move into a new home and have neighbors and …

When will the Bucee’s hotel be opening?

Q. – When will the Bucee’s hotel be opening? Answer – Thanks for your inquiry. The hotel in question is the new Fairfield Marriot.  The Hotel will have 90+ rooms and is expected to open in late spring/early summer.  The company that owns the hotel has not yet announced a specific opening date. Sincerely,   D.J. Ory, Mayor

What is the order of chain of command beginning with the city inspector…

Q. – What is the order of chain of command beginning with the city inspector. In order, I would like to know who is over him and then who is over them and then who is over them. Answer – Thanks for your inquiry. The city inspector is a code enforcement officer that reports to Charles Fenner, Director of Municipal Development.  Mr. …

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 incurred during official capacity.  The …

I have heard rumors that Olive Garden was going to be building a restaurant near Buc-ee’s.

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 bread sticks! Thanks. Thanks for your inquiry. As a Terrell High School graduate and longtime …

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 an investment-friendly environment and to …

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?