Half-cent sales tax begins call for projects from Tylerites

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 1:01pm

The City of Tyler is asking for citizen input about potential future half-cent sales tax projects. Two public open houses will be held.

Feb. 21, noon -1 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Room of the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive.
March 19, 6-7 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Half-Cent Sales Tax Board opened the annual half-cent sales tax call for projects. The call for projects will run from Feb. 12 through March 31 and provides the citizens of Tyler, community leaders, Tyler City Council and staff the opportunity to bring capital projects forward to be considered for half-cent sales tax funding.

Staff from each of the funded categories; Police, Fire, Parks, Airport, Traffic, Engineering and Drainage will be available to talk with the public and gather data for possible future half-cent funded projects.

“If residents have an idea for a project, now is the time to communicate it,” said Carter Delleney, city engineer.

The City of Tyler collects half-cent sales tax revenue and utilizes it to fund capital improvement projects, such as the recent construction of Earl Campbell Parkway and the new Fire Station 5. The program was approved by voters in 1995 as a way to fund capital infrastructure projects that enhance the community and attract economic development opportunities.

For more information, contact Carter Delleney, P.E. or Amy Downey at (903) 531-1126.

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