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Denton County Commissioner Pct. 1 – January 2018 

Denton County Adopted New Lower Tax Rate 

The Denton County Commissioners Court officially adopted the new, lower tax rate of $0.237812 per $100 for the tax year 2017. This new tax rate will generate approximately $204.4 million in tax year 2017 and will provide funds for the increase for mandatory debt service payments for voter approved road and facility projects. In addition, the funds generated from new property added to the tax roll, which amounts to $8,675,101, will be used to help fund employee-related costs and operating expenses. The decreased rate of $0.237812 (cents) represents a decrease of $0.010597 (cents) from the 2016 tax rate of $0.248409.

Did You Know?

The Secretary of State recently released the special district election calendar for 2018. The first day to file for a place to service on a special district board is January 17 and the deadline for filing is February 16. This includes all Fresh Water Supply Districts, Water Improvement and Control Districts and Municipal Utility Districts. Check out the link for other important dates, including the last day to register to vote in the May 5 election and early voting dates: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/ elections/voter/2018-importantelection-dates.shtml Click the link for the form for candidacy, which can be filed any time after January 17, 2018: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/polsub/2-21f.pdf

380 Corridor Precinct 1 Transportation Updates

FM 720 North From US 380 to Martop Lane. Widen two-lane rural roadway to six-lane divided urban. The right-of-way acquisition are complete and utilities are scheduled for completion in April 2018. The project is fully funded and is expected to be under construction by the summer of 2018. FM 720 South – Construction on the $16 million southern segment of FM 720 from Eldorado to Martop Road began November 2015. Construction crews are working on the final construction items of a six-lane divided, urban facility with raised median. Project is still scheduled for completion by February of this year. FM 455 – Denton County began the process to widen FM 455 from a two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane urban roadway with turn lanes at IH 35. The project is still expected to be environmentally cleared in February 2018. Denton County has secured more than $40 million to construct this much needed roadway. US 377/Arvin Hill/Stewart Road Intersection Project – Realign the roadway to create one intersection instead of two on US 377 at the Stewart and Arvin Hill intersections (this is part of larger Arvin Hill project to widen roadway and improve drainage.) The design of Rock Hill Road to Red Mesa Trail has been completed. Design on the intersection has begun, right-of-way is complete, and the schematic has been submitted to the county and to TxDOT. Sam Bass Road – From FM 455 to approximately 500 feet north of Nance Road. Rebuild as a two-lane rural roadway and realign intersection with FM 455. Right-of-way acquisitions and utility relocations are complete and the project is scheduled for completion December 2018. US 377 North – On October 3 of this year, Denton County retained engineering services to begin the advanced planning and design of US 377 from US 380 to the Denton/Grayson county line. The plan is to reconstruct and widen two-lane undivided rural roadway to four-lane divided facility. A stakeholder kick-off meeting was held with the City of Pilot Point held on November 30, 2017, and stakeholder kick-off meetings with the City of Aubrey and the Town of Cross Roads was held on December 5, 2017. We anticipate a Public Hearing in September of 2020. I35 North – The County is working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) on plans to widen IH-35 north of US 380 to six lanes. This is a 14.4-mile corridor with an estimated cost of $591 million. Three solutions have been determined for the extension of the Outer Loop and IH 35 and TxDOT is evaluating. Schematic approvals are expected by March of 2018.



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