Legislative Priorities

City of McKinney 2021 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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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 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, to make our own decisions regarding our homes, our families and our business.
  • Support restructuring the Texas Commission on Fire Protection to allow for further representation from large to mid-size fire departments on the Commission and Fire Advisory Committee and to provide regulation on the limits of Fire Advisory Committee.
  • Support amendments to House Bill 2439, as passed in the 86th Texas Legislature, to allow the City of McKinney to Mitigate the unintended consequences of a reduction in development standards.
  • Support amendments to House Bill 3167, as passed in the 86th Texas Legislature, to allow for high growth cities, like McKinney to deliver better customer service to the development community.

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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.

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Economic Development

  • 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 hat 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 including Corporate Headquarters as an eligible project for Chapter 313 value limitation from local school districts.
  • Support amendments to the hotel occupancy tax (HOT) statute in a manner that provides all Texas cities the authority to spend HOT revenue on existing sports facilities and fields in a manner that promotes tourism within the city.
  • Support amendments to the HOT statute that would rebate a portion of the state 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.
  • Support the Texas Commission on the Arts as an important resource to foster the growth of cultural arts, including the cultural arts district designation program. Cultural arts are critical components of the local community and Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District continues to utilize project funding to support programs that attract visitors and contribute economic gains to the district.
  • 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 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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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.

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 Spur 399 to U.S. 380.
    • Provide a non-tolled alternative to U.S. 380 by extending the Sam Rayburn Tollway northeast 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.
  • 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.

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