In the May 14 election, on Proposition 1, the City of Frisco voters decided on whether or not to revoke or recommit the authority of the City of Frisco to issue its remaining $16.4 million in bonds to build the Performing Arts Center and Arts Park owned in partnership between Allen, Frisco and Plano along with member cities Fairview and Melissa. Proposition 1 to revoke the bond authority passed by a margin of 52.64 % (5712 voters).
“While we are disappointed with the outcome of the vote in the City of Frisco to revoke the authority for issuing capital bonds in support of the Performing Arts Center and Arts park, we respect the process and are grateful that so many voters took the time to become informed on the issue and exercise their constitutional right to voice their intentions for tax dollar allocation,” stated Bob Baggett, President of the Board of Directors of the Arts of Collin County Commission.
We are grateful to all of the citizens who demonstrated their support for the project and advocate for the arts.
In spite of the vote, the City of Frisco remains an owner city in the project and a party to the Interlocal Agreement signed in 2004. Withdrawal from this partnership agreement would require further action by the Frisco City Council. I would expect that all three owner cities, Allen, Frisco and Plano along with member cities, Fairview and Melissa will meet soon to discuss the future direction of the project. In the meantime, the Arts of Collin County Commission will continue to seek private support for the Performing Arts Center and Arts Park, unless directed otherwise by the cities of Allen and Plano.