Collin County adopts budget and property tax rate; Frisco prioritizes parks and trails development, plus more top news from DFW

New fixtures are being installed at the Cannaday Recreation Area near Clark Middle School. The 4-acre park is being redesigned as an athletic training hub. A budget of $500,000 will bring an obstacle course not unlike something from the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to the neighborhood. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
New fixtures are being installed at the Cannaday Recreation Area near Clark Middle School. The 4-acre park is being redesigned as an athletic training hub. A budget of $500,000 will bring an obstacle course not unlike something from the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to the neighborhood. (Courtesy city of Frisco)

New fixtures are being installed at the Cannaday Recreation Area near Clark Middle School. The 4-acre park is being redesigned as an athletic training hub. A budget of $500,000 will bring an obstacle course not unlike something from the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to the neighborhood. (Courtesy city of Frisco)

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Collin County adopts $411M budget with new property tax rate

County Judge Chris Hill noted as the population in Collin County continues to rise, the county will continue to see rising revenue from property taxes despite not raising the tax rate.

Frisco prioritizes parks, trails development

“The way parks have been utilized has changed substantially over the last couple of decades. People tend to be more active now, and we’ve seen that especially showing in the last 18 or 24 months with the pandemic,” Frisco Mayor Pro Tem Bill Woodard said.


Plano ISD to pilot Virtual Academy program for students in grades K-6

Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 15 into law Sept. 9, according to the Texas Legislature Online system. That bill, authored by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, allows independent school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to offer virtual programs without a reduction in state funding.

Here are 5 updates on construction projects in Frisco

Projects include work on Legacy Drive, Town and Country Boulevard, Meadow Hill Drive, Panther Creek Parkway, and Fields Parkway.

Fire & Ice sports bar in Frisco closed

Signage has been removed from the facade of the building, and the bar’s phone number has been disconnected.

Matt Payne and William C. Wadsack contributed to this report.


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