The city of Plano is proposing a $549 million budget plan that would lower the city’s property tax rate while collecting millions of dollars in additional property tax revenue.

Budget Director Karen Rhodes-Whitley presented a summary of the budget plan to Plano City Council members on Monday, kicking off a three-month review process before the council is scheduled to approve a budget in September for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The proposed budget includes a 3.2 percent increase over last year’s expenditures and will trim the city tax rate by 1 cent per $100 of appraised property value.

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City appeals ruling on Plano Tomorrow lawsuit to Supreme Court of Texas

Group suing the city is evaluating its options, attorney says

Displeased with a Texas appeals court’s decision to allow a legal bid to dismantle the city’s comprehensive plan to continue, the city of Plano is turning to the state’s highest civil court for another opinion.

The city of Plano on Monday filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Texas to review a February decision from the state’s Fifth District Court of Appeals. At issue in the lawsuit is whether the city secretary is obligated to submit a petition for a referendum on the city’s comprehensive plan to Plano City Council.

The city has argued its comprehensive development plan cannot be put before the voters given the complex nature of the plan, the expertise needed to formulate it and the requirement that specific procedures be followed before one is adopted.

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