Frisco approves residential Homestead exemption of 7.5 percent

Frisco homeowners will soon get a break on their property tax bill in the form of a ‘homestead exemption’ beginning in fiscal year 2018.

The Frisco City Council unanimously voted to adopt a 7.5 percent residential homestead exemption.

The exemption translates to an average savings of $143.00 on a future property tax bill based on a .45 cent property tax rate and Frisco’s average home value, which was $391,923 in fiscal year 2017.  Preliminary appraisal projections show Frisco’s average home value will increase by as much as 9 percent next year.  Council may vote to raise or lower the exemption annually.

“We’ve heard our residents’ concerns over rising home values and the impact those values are having on home affordability,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney.  “Our city has a history of being fiscally conservative and this is the most effective way to give Frisco homeowners immediate tax relief.”

In a memo to council, staff noted the ‘proactive approach’ will not compromise maintenance and operations and maintains adequate reserves.

“It will provide the high level of services residents expect,” noted Jennifer Hundt, Assistant Finance Director.

Staff estimates the exemption will affect city revenue by approximately $3.2 million dollars.  Currently, the City of Frisco is in the early stages of its budget process.

Homeowners must have ‘homestead’ status to receive the exemption benefit. To qualify, you must:

  • Own the property on January  1;
  • Occupy property as principal residence on January 1;
  • Have not claimed a residential homestead exemption (neither you nor spouse) on any other property.

Homeowners who have ‘homestead’ status with their school district will automatically receive the city benefit.  New applicants have until Jan. 31, 2019 to file for the exemption with their respective county appraisal district.  For more information, find the Collin County Appraisal District at . In Denton County, go to .

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Frisco Lakes community treated with Larvicide

Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile virus

The City of Frisco has applied larvicide in stagnant water areas throughout the Frisco Lakes community after receiving confirmation a mosquito pool tested ‘positive’ for West Nile virus (WNV).

No human cases are confirmed in Frisco.

“According to research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this early in the ‘mosquito season’, larvicide is the most effective method to target mosquitoes early in their lifecycle before becoming adults,” said Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor. “We can’t stress enough how important it is to ‘fight the bite’. “

The City of Frisco supports four precautionary habits promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

  • Use approved insect repellents: Use repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label instructions.
  • Drain standing water: Drain water that collects in bird baths, French drains, clogged gutters, saucers under potted plants and ‘splash blocks’ (at end of gutter down spout). The mosquitoes that carry WNV breed in stagnant water.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants at dawn and dusk (when mosquitoes are most active).
  • Use air conditioning: Make sure doors and windows are screened – and those screens are intact.

In accordance with its plan, Frisco began testing for mosquitoes May 1.

For more information on the city’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan, visit or contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division at 972-292-5304.

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Frisco ISD football tickets on sale through July 9


High School Football Season tickets for the Frisco ISD are available for purchase now through Sunday, July 9 at

“Frisco ISD students welcome fans as they showcase their talents through competition and exhibition. Not only will you get the pleasure of watching District 13-5A football, you’ll also have the opportunity to view performances by our award-winning Frisco ISD fine arts programs, including marching bands, dance teams, color guards and cheerleaders,” according to the Frisco ISD

Each season ticket booklet contains a ticket for each varsity football game played in Frisco ISD venues (Memorial Stadium, Toyota Stadium and the Ford Center at The Star) for your chosen Frisco ISD high school.

Once you select the high school season ticket you would like to purchase, you will see the list of games included in the package. Season ticket pricing is based on the number of games played in the Frisco ISD venues by your chosen team, but does not include games played at venues outside of Frisco ISD. For a complete schedule, please refer to

Frisco ISD season ticket pricing for games are $5/game for adults and $3/game for students. Compare that to pre-sale ticket pricing at $6/game for adults and day-of-game tickets, which are $8/game at the gate for both adults and students.

Fans can buy up to 10 season ticket booklets by changing the “package quantity” during purchase. Fans can then designate how many adult and/or student ticket booklets they’d like to purchase based on the package quantity number.

Season ticket sales will conclude at 11:59 p.m. on July 9, 2017.

Ticket booklets will be delivered to high school campuses the second week in August. Purchasers will receive an email from when their ticket booklets are available for pick-up at the high school.


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The results are in … June 10 runoff results

I voted

Thanks for voting in Collin County TX elections

Check out the final vote totals in Saturday’s runoffs in Collin County


And the winners are …

In ALLEN – Carl Clemencich

In Frisco – Brian Livingston

In McKinney – La’Shadion Shemwell, Charlie Phillips, Scott Elliott

In Murphy – Chris George

In Plano – Anthony Ricciardelli and Rick Smith


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McKinney ISD graduation June 2

McKinney ISD Graduation will be held at Prestonwood Baptist Church on Friday, June 2.


McKinney HS 10 a.m.

McKinney North HS 2:30 p.m.

McKinney Boyd HS 7 p.m.

Prestonwood is situated southwest of McKinney at 6801 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093 west of the Dallas North Tollway.

Allow for plenty of time to park.

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Frisco ISD elementary school teams among best at Lone Star Challenge statewide academic competition


Student teams from Frisco ISD elementary schools took four of the top five places in the Lone Star Challenge (LSC), a statewide academic competition for students in Grades 4-6.

The team from Borchardt Elementary finished second overall, with students from Anderson, Riddle and Isbell elementary schools coming in next at third, fourth and fifth.

Teams from Ashley, Sparks and McSpedden elementary schools rounded out Frisco ISD’s dominance of the Top 10, with seven of the Top 10 teams from FISD schools.

Lone Star Challenge is a learning experience designed to test students’ knowledge in reading, writing, social studies, math and science. Questions are based on materials developed by Texas Academic Decathlon and are intended to compliment the STAAR testing program.

Students took curriculum-based exams at their home schools this spring before participating in a District-wide super quiz event. Scores were then compared to teams from participating districts across the state.

The theme of year’s competition was Explorers, Pirates, and Privateers, and questions focused on topics such as the age of exploration, astronomy, constellations, navigational instruments, fantasy literature and the novel Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schultz.


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Celina summer sports camp registration

Celina Bobcats Summer Camps

Click on each camp for specific information and to register.

North Texas Passing Academy: June 10, Incoming 7th – 12th Grade Boys

Summer Conditioning Camp Form – June 5 – July 20 (July 4 week off), Monday – Thursday, Incoming 7th – 12th Boys and Girls

Youth Speed Camp: June 12 – July 12 (July 4 week off), Monday – Wednesday, Incoming 3rd – 6th Grade Boys and Girls

Football Camp: June 5 – June 7, Incoming 3rd – 9th Grade Boys

Volleyball Camp: June 5 – June 7, Incoming 3rd – 9th Grade Girls

Boys Basketball Camp: June 12 – June 14, Incoming K – 9th Grade Boys

Girls Basketball Camp: June 12 – June 14, Incoming 1st – 9th Grade Girls

Softball Camp: June 12 – June 14, Incoming 4th – 9th Grade Girls

Baseball Camp: June 19 – June 21, Incoming 2nd – 9th Grade Boys

Soccer Camp: June 19 – June 21, Incoming 2nd – 4th Grade Girls

Receiver Camp: June 20 – June 22, Incoming 3rd – 9th Grade Boys

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Memorial Day: Remember our Fallen Heroes – Some gave all


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Memorial Day at Pecan Grove in McKinney





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Plano ISD graduation times, locations


Academy High School: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at Charles W. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive east of U.S. 75 and north of Campbell, Richardson, Texas 75082

Senior High Schools: Saturday, June 10, The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, One Cowboys Way off Dallas North Tollway, Frisco, Texas 75034

Plano West Senior High – 9:30 a.m.
Plano Senior High – 2 p.m.
Plano East Senior High – 7:30 p.m.

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