I don't get it. Why on Earth would they vote not to put it before a general vote? If it passes, they look bad, and if it fails, then they let democracy work. There are no details to work out at this point, no negotiations with anyone on finances. This is a simple yes or no vote. I just don't get it.Originally Posted by njjeppsonI went to the meeting tonight, and even spoke in favor of DCTA (I hate public speaking). 6 people spoke in favor, 12 against. But in the end the council voted 3-2 to put the issue up for vote on November 7th. Now it gets interesting.
Any news on Shady Shores?
Originally Posted by WFAA.comDCTA board to extend offer to Corinth
Shady Shores interested in joining transit group; town would pay $10,000
08:04 AM CST on Friday, February 24, 2006
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer
LEWISVILLE — Preliminary plans for a rail station in Corinth inched forward Thurs*day when the Denton County Trans*por*tation Authority’s board of directors voted to extend an offer of services to the city.
The rail station is part of a family of services the board proposed after Corinth formally expressed interest in joining the group. DCTA also offered to include Corinth in its commuter bus services, in*cluding an express route launching in May and a suburban-connector service. How*ever, the board postponed offering specific local routes until the population grows.
Corinth Mayor Vic Burgess said the proposal sounded like a win-win for the city and DCTA, but expressed concern about routes for North Central Texas College students.
“I sure would like to see us hook up the colleges,” he said.
Corinth was the first city to formally declare an interest in joining after DCTA revised its new member policy, which offers membership to cities that initially rejected it and the accompanying sales tax needed to pay for it. The deadline to join under the new policy is Dec. 31, DCTA President Charles Emery said.
Shady Shores declared its interest on Feb. 6. DCTA Executive Director John Hed*rick said the town must pay about $10,000 to join. By rejecting membership during the first DCTA vote in 2003, residents don’t escape paying the amount that would be owed from the beginning. Cor*inth leaders learned last month the city will owe about $200,000.
Tom Spencer, Shady Shores DCTA representative, said some residents were surprised their town would owe so much. He said that most of the taxes collected are on utilities, and overall, the town’s membership won’t afford much revenue to DCTA since Shady Shores has no commercial zoning.
“We’re paying that half-cent sales tax somewhere else when we shop, so we might as well get the benefit,” he said, adding that the bus comes at a cost that’s reasonable for the town’s aging population.
In addition, even if Corinth doesn’t end up joining DCTA, Shady Shores is close to rail stations planned for north Lewisville and southern Denton, Spencer said.
A preliminary plan for Shady Shores is under review, Hedrick said, but because Corinth’s entry into DCTA is more complicated, the agency pressed ahead with its offer.
DCTA has committed $7 million to an environmental impact study of the rail line, which will take about 18 months. In order for a Corinth rail station be a part of the impact study, Corinth voters need to have two sales tax elections, said Paul Ruggiere, the city’s DCTA representative.
Corinth city taxes are at the legal maximum, so all or part of a current tax has to be rescinded to make room for a DCTA tax. Corinth has sales taxes dedicated to economic development, streets and crime control. Since uniform election laws permit elections only in May and November, the Corinth City Council has to call an election on the possible rescinding of taxes in May in order for DCTA to have an election in November.
Without favorable votes going ahead in this time frame, a Corinth rail station would likely be more than a decade away, since the findings of the current environmental study would not apply, Hedrick said.
Emery said that other cities also are considering the offer to join, including Flower Mound.
“Now that rail is on the screen, it’s starting to get huge for the region,” he said.
Spencer said that gas prices changed the issue for voters, too.
“It changed the psychological plateau when gas hit $3 a gallon,” Spencer said.