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Posted on: November 6, 2017

Statement on Dallas Morning News Article

Cedar Hill is well known for its forward-thinking, community-based city planning efforts to ensure that citizens enjoy a diversified tax base and high quality of life. For generations, the preservation of the distinctive character of the city’s core, including the historic downtown, has been a priority for Cedar Hill residents. Over the past 30 years, the city has made plans and taken action to meet the community’s goals for a walkable downtown with amenities for residents and visitors that hosts special events and festivals, like Country Day. The most recent of those plans, the City Center Plan, lays out development goals for the uptown, midtown, and downtown areas, which includes over 600 individual properties in an area from Pleasant Run Road to Tidwell Street and Highway 67 to just west of downtown. The Plan was developed over the course of five years with extensive public input, including 22 public city council, board, or commission meetings and 15 town hall meetings.

The City created a tax increment financing (TIF) district as a tool to dedicate funds for public improvements in the City Center that would make the community’s vision a reality. A recent Dallas Morning News article falsely states that individual council members had a conflict of interest in voting on the creation of the TIF. State law makes it clear that this is not the case (see Chapter 171 of the Texas Local Government Code and Texas Attorney General Opinions GA-0337 and GA-0796). In all of their disclosures, council members at all times followed state law and followed the advice of staff and legal counsel.

The City will continue to work toward your vision for Cedar Hill as a premier city that retains its distinctive character; where families and businesses flourish in a safe and clean environment. 

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