October 7, 2019 Newsletter
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October 7, 2019 – Volume 12 Number 38
Tuesday, October 15: City Council meetings, 101 W. Abram Street, TBA.
Wednesday, October 16: P&Z meeting, City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, 5:30pm.
Thursday, October 17: AISD Board meeting, Administration Building, 1203 W. Pioneer Parkway, 7:00pm.
Tuesday, October 29: City Council meetings, 101 W. Abram Street, TBA.
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Arlington City Council Update
The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be Tuesday, October 15. At this meeting should occur the public hearing for the city's first RMU zoning, which allows up to 100 units/acre without a development plan being approved. This meeting will also hold the second/final reading of 331 apartments on Hwy360 at Debbie Lane (with another 180 apartments at that intersection also on the way).
The P&Z met on October 2. The one zoning case public hearing was approved. 1723 Park Ridge Terrace (near Fielder and I-30) wanted a secondary living quarters, which required a SUP.
The next P&Z meeting will be October 16. They will also have only one public hearing zoning case for a SUP.
The board met on Thursday, October 3. The only discussion item dealt with Early Childhood Plan requirements mandated by HB3.
The next board meeting is on Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm.
The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.
The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.
The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water, quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historical sites while not increasing the rate of the sales and use taxes.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.
The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.
The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.
Tarrant County College District Proposition A [For/Against] The issuance of $825 million of bonds and notes for the purpose of constructing, improving, and renovating and equipping school buildings in the Tarrant County College District, and the levying of a debt tax in payment thereof. [bond information: https://www.tccd.edu/community/2019-bond-election/]
ARLINGTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSITION A [FOR/AGAINST]
The issuance of $966,000,000 of bonds by Arlington Independent School District for the acquisition, construction and equipment of school buildings and the purchase of school sites and school buses and levying the tax in payment thereof.
[bond info: https://www.aisd.net/bond2019/].
[Texas Score Card Opposition: https://texasscorecard.com/local/arlington-isd-wants-966m-bond-on-top-of-billion-dollar-debt/].
Abram Street Construction Continues
The expected finish is now May 2020. [http://www.theshorthorn.com/news/abram-street-rebuild-project-deadline-extended-to-may/article_c16cb7ae-e577-11e9-a911-17162a5a64bd.html].
VIA by the Numbers
On December 11, the VIA pilot program began its second year.
VIA's August 2019 Service Update to the city council shows that over 1/3 (37%) of the survey participants thought their experience was POOR or NEEDS IMPROVEMENT!!! [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/403687/Presentation_-_Via_Rideshare_Update_080619.pdf#page=11].
It only covers about 30% of the city, meaning most of the taxpayers have to pay for VIA, but receive no benefit from it. All those taxpayers are subsidizing something that competes against the private sector Lyft and Uber services.
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