Legislative Priorities

City of McKinney 2019 Legislative Priorities

McKinney, Texas is a world-class city with a booming economy, high-quality business development and amenities. We consistently receive praise for abundant employment, excellent schools, low crime, exceptional public safety, overall quality of life and a feeling of community pride. All these combine to make McKinney Unique by nature.

The City of McKinney seeks to promote the following legislative priorities in collaboration with our state legislators.


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Economic Development

  • Support all economic development programs currently available under Texas law including:
    • The Texas Enterprise Fund
    • The Major Events Trust Fund and Events Trust Fund and
    • The Governor's University Research Initiative
  • Support all state-wide programs which promote economic growth in the aerospace and aviation industries
  • Support Type A / Type B Sales Tax Revenue
  • Support continued use of locally approved ½-cent sales tax collected by cities to fund economic development efforts
    • Oppose efforts to reduce local flexibility in the use of these funds
  • Support tax abatements and other economic development incentives including:
    • Flexibility in the use of tax abatements
    • Tax increment financing
    • Reinvestment zones and
    • All other incentives to promote economic development and job creation
  • Support including Corporate Headquarters as an eligible project for Chapter 313 value limitation from local school districts
  • Support amendments to the hotel occupancy tax statute in a manner that provides all Texas cities the authority to spend hotel occupancy tax revenue on existing sports facilities and fields in a manner that promotes tourism within the city
  • Support amendments to the hotel occupancy tax statute that would rebate a portion of the state Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenues to Texas cities for use in the development, maintenance and operations of convention centers and other meeting facilities
  • Support increased HOT collection authority for local governments and efforts to provide increased consequences for nonpayment

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Education & Workforce

  • Support funding measures to maintain a strong public school system
    • A strong public school system is a key component to economic development for companies that are expanding or relocating to the City of McKinney
  • Support increased funding for workforce education programs in Texas high schools

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Elections

  • Support efforts and legislation to maintain the May and November Uniform Election dates

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McKinney National Airport

  • Support efforts to fund a 1,500-foot runway extension at McKinney National Airport to accommodate operational needs and spur economic development
  • Support opportunities to link transportation and land use surrounding public use and general aviation airports
  • Support legislation that provides tools that can be used at the local level to promote compatible growth around public use and general aviation airports
  • Support increased funding to foster airport development for public use and general aviation airports to meet future demands

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Open Government

  • Support efforts to allow for internet publication of legal notices rather than requiring publication in a paper of record
  • McKinney continues to be a champion for open government and supports continued local transparency efforts. For an example of how McKinney leads the state in transparency efforts, visit our Transparency pages.

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Our Home - Our Decisions

  • Support legislation that upholds the City of McKinney’s home-rule authority, and oppose any legislation that diminishes home-rule authority
  • Support local responsibility for property taxation decisions and appraisals
  • Support legislation recognizing the demands on high-growth cities like the City of McKinney facing exponential growth to make our own decisions regarding our homes, our families and our businesses

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Tax Reform

  • Support property tax reform, namely reform related to public school finance
  • Support the state in re-establishing their share of school funding to 50% of total funding

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Transportation

Further increase Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) funding

Advocate for proper allocation of transportation funding in fast-growth communities like McKinney and Collin County

  • Support legislation that would allow for greater flexibility by cities to fund local transportation projects

McKinney Road Priorities:

  • U.S. 380 Conversion to a Controlled Access Facility
    • Improve mobility and safety by creating a regional controlled access facility
  • Sam Rayburn Tollway extension from S.H. 121 to U.S. 380
    • Provide an alternative to U.S. 380 by extending the Sam Rayburn Tollway to U.S. 380 
  • S.H. 5 Construction from F.M. 546 to U.S. 380
    • Implement the findings of a city / NCTCOG / TxDOT study, including paving, median, sidewalk, landscape, lighting and other enhancements
  • Custer Road (F.M. 2478) from U.S. 380 to F.M. 1461
    • Increase roadway capacity and make geometric improvements to roadway safety
  • Wilmeth Road from Custer Road to Ridge Road and Lake Forest Drive to Hardin Boulevard
    • Create a parallel route to U.S. 380 to enhance mobility and safety
  • F.M. 546 from McKinney National Airport to U.S. 380 in Princeton
    • Create a parallel route to U.S. 380 to enhance mobility and safety

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Water

  • Support efforts and legislation that would allocate state funding to increase water supply within the state including, but not limited to:
    • The development of additional reservoirs
    • The extension of pipelines / pumping systems to transport available water from outside the region / state
    • The development of non-conventional water supply resources, such as desalination, water reuse, etc.
  • Support legislation which promotes maintaining local authority of water conservation efforts within individual districts and/or municipalities
  • Support legislation to streamline the water project permitting process at both the state and federal level

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