Legislative Priorities

City of McKinney 2023 Legislative Priorities

McKinney, Texas is a world-class city with a booming economy, high-quality business development, booming economy and amenities like the award-winning McKinney National Airport. Recognized nationally as a premier community, 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 of these combined 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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FY2023 Legislative Priorities Presentations

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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 local responsibility for land use, development and annexation authority.
  • Support legislation that would maintain the current revenue structure of the City of McKinney and other home-rule municipalities in the state.
  • Support legislation recognizing the demands on high-growth cities, like McKinney, facing exceptional growth to make our own decisions regarding our homes, our families and our businesses.

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McKinney National Airport

  • 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. In relation to McKinney National Airport.
    • Support funding for the development of McKinney National Airport (TKI) 'Taxiway C' generally east and parallel to Runway 18-36
    • Support funding for the development of McKinney National Airport (TKI) 'Vehicle Access Roadway' generally southeast of Runway 18-36 and north of F. M. 546.
  • Support state investment in economic development and infrastructure investments.

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Economic Development

The City of McKinney supports policies that emphasize digital infrasturcture and smart applications such as: mobile and wired broadband, smart electric grid, health IT, intelligent transportation systems, mobile payments, digital signatures, e-government and kiosks and other self-service technologies that will transform the Texas economy.

Furthermore, McKinney supports policies that embrace the digital economy and trade policies that elevate the jobs, incomes and material well-being of Texas. residents. The following are specific areas of focus for the 88th Session:

  • Support all economic development programs currently available under Texas law.
  • Support all state-wide programs which promote economic growth in the aerospace and aviation industries.
  • Support Type A / Type B sales tax revenue and oppose legislation that attempts to remove or amend the purposes of Type A / Type B sales tax revenue.
  • Support state and local utilization of tax abatements and other economic development incentives.
  • Support Chapter 313 extension proposals.
  • Support including corporate headquarters as an eligible project for Chapter 313 value limitation from local school districts.
  • Support further funding of the Broadband Development Office and prioritize funding distribution to local government entities.
  • 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 the initiatives of the Texas Film Commission, including the continuation of the current incentive structure as well as consideration for expansion of tax credit eligibility in the film and creative space.
  • Support amendments to the Hotel Occupancy Tax statute that would allow for the expenditure of municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax tax revenue for construction of improvements in municipal parks and trails / sidewalks that connect parks, lodging establishments and other tourist attractions and related public facilities.
  • Support amendments to the Hotel Occupancy Tax statute that would rebate a portion of the state Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues to Texas cities for use in the development, maintenance and operations of convention centers and other meeting facilities.
  • Support increased Hotel Occupancy Tax collection authority for local governments and efforts to provide increased consequences for nonpayment.
  • Support the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and its programs. Downtown McKinney is anchored by a historic courthouse and its historic square contributes to the economic vitality of the city. Through the THC, McKinney is a state accredited Main Street that assists in the preservation and promotion of McKinney's historic district.

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Tax Reform

  • Support continued 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.
  • Support legislation and study relating to inflationary impacts to local taxation authority.
  • Oppose legislation that seeks to remove local property tax decision making authority from locally elected officials.

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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 of economic development for companies that are expanding or relocating to McKinney.
  • Support increased funding for workforce education programs in Texas high schools and Texas community colleges.
  • Support policies encouraging workforce and entry-level housing, allowing McKinney, Collin County, and the state to continue the "Texas Miracle."

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Transportation

  • Further increase Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) funding for both new projects and asset maintenance.
  • 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 including a pedestrian crossing generally along Virginia Parkway and Louisiana Street.
  • 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.
  • Laud Howell Parkway from Trinity Falls Parkway to F.M. 1461 / Lake Forest Drive
    • 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.
  • 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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Elections

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

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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 local transparency efforts.
  • Oppose legislation that seeks to require declarations of political party affiliation in local municipal elections.

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