Police – Fire Rescue square off in friendly competition in Battle of the Badges

Battle of the Badges begins July 4, 2017.

From Plano Police: It’s that time of year again. The annual Battle of the Badges blood drive begins on Tuesday, July 4th and runs through Sunday, July 9th. This is the friendly competition with our public safety partners at Plano Fire-Rescue in an effort to partner with you in collecting blood and saving lives.

We want to encourage everyone to come out and donate blood during that week. All donors, or potential donors who were unable to donate based on Carter Bloodcare restrictions, will receive a gift bag, free t-shirt and the chance to vote for police or police. Oh wait, I think I was supposed to say police or fire.

Regardless, we at the police and fire departments are honored to partner with Rotary in the worthwhile endeavor to help save lives. Attached to this post is the schedule that lists the dates, times and locations blood donations will be accepted toward this Battle of the Badges event.

Thanks for helping us help others in need.

– David Tilley, Plano Police

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 www.collincad.org . In Denton County, go to www.dentoncad.com .

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 Friscotexas.gov/Mosquitoes or contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division at 972-292-5304.

Traffic apps helping drivers move faster across Frisco, know where accidents are

City of Frisco, Texas: Frisco’s traffic engineers are using new ways to tell drivers about road closures and construction.

Learn more about how they’re communicating directly with apps like Google Maps and Waze in the City of Frisco’s next installment of #100DaysofProgressInMotion #Frisco100 


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Thank you: Fire Rescue team saves lives in Plano TX after car lands in pond


PLANO POLICE: “We want to give a shout out to our partners at Plano Fire-Rescue for saving the lives of two elderly citizens [June 17]. Firefighters jumped into a pond where a car was submersing and pulled two citizens to safety. The subjects were transported to the hospital but thanks to the quick action of these brave firefighters, they will be fine.

“Great job!

“Another reason Plano is the #CityOfExcellence.”

David Tilley, Plano Police Department

Mayor Jeff Cheney: Introducing the City of Frisco’s 100 days of Progress in Motion

City of Frisco, Texas: Check out Frisco’s new video series “100 Days of Progress in Motion.”

Every day for the next 100 days, CityofFriscoTX will be posting a short video to help tell Frisco’s story. It’s all part of Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney’s 100-Day Plan.


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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 tickets.friscoisd.org.

“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 www.rankonesport.com.

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 tickets@friscoisd.org when their ticket booklets are available for pick-up at the high school.


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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