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City council proposes budget for new fiscal year

The city council budget meeting took place on Tuesday. The Coppell city council announced the new budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Graphic by Blanche Harris

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager

September 9, 2020

On Tuesday, Coppell Mayor Karan Hunt said that the main hindrances of American citizens voting were missing voting deadlines, being unfamiliar with the registration process, and the COVIS-19 pandemic. Hunt declared Sept. 22 as National Voting Registration Day, in order to encourage more Americans to ...

Council moving forward with lower 2020 tax rate

At Tuesday’s Coppell City Council virtual meeting, approved motions included an increased budget for Belt Line Road renovations and a tax rate of $0.58 for the 2020 tax year, which will be brought up for public hearings on Sept. 8. Photo illustration by Sally Parampottil and Sreeja Mudumby.

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor

August 26, 2020

On Tuesday night, the Coppell City Council approved the publication of the reduction of the tax rate from $0.58400 to $.05800 for the 2020 tax year. This rate will then be discussed in the Sept. 8 council meeting, after which it will be presented in a special council meeting to vote on virtually at 6 p.m. ...

City Council addresses COVID-19 concerns

The Coppell City Council had its first virtual meeting on May 12, addressing a host of issues relating to COVID-19. Among these were a declaration of May 17-23 as National Public Works Week, an analysis of the revenue lost with the closing of city services and a moratorium on the temporary sign ordinance.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Hosting its first virtual meeting, the Coppell City Council addressed a multitude of issues relating to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday night.  Coppell has projected a loss of $9.2 million with the closing of city services due to COVID-19. But with the expectation of loss in taxes because of ...

City bracing for reduced revenue starting in October

Coppell City Council members discuss potential decrease in annual revenue for Coppell at the meeting at Town Center yesterday. Issues such as a possible 16% decrease in revenue and the process of answering census questions were discussed.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

Coppell faces a potential $12 million decrease in annual revenue starting Oct. 1, a 16% decrease according to city manager Mike Land. Texas Administrative Code 3.334 will change tax revenue collected from business sales from origin sourcing to destination sourcing. The law was initially expected to take e...

Council supports reallocation of funds for Coppell Arts Center budget

Coppell Arts Center managing director Alex Hargis presents proposal to Coppell City Council members including Vicki Chiavetta, Wes Mays, Brianna Hinojosa-Smith and Cliff Long. Hargis’s proposal asks for a change of a construction order to purchase audio and video equipment. Photo by Camden Southwick

Laasya Achanta, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

The Coppell Arts Center has been approved by the Coppell City Council $672,894 to spend on the purchasing of new audio and visual equipment, not accounted for at the initial proposal in 2017.  Of that price, around $350,000 is proposed to move from the FF&E budget and to offset those costs, future sponsorsh...

City researching solutions to handle new state tax law

Coppell City Council held a meeting Tuesday night at the Coppell City Hall. The council discussed Coppell’s future budgeting and a future sales taxes on various businesses in Coppell.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

January 29, 2020

Tuesday’s Coppell City Council meeting saw the announcement of a new state tax law that mandates the change of sales tax revenue based on origin to destination source, leading to 16 percent of Coppell city general fund being in danger.  The law, Texas Administrative Code Rule 3.334, will be imp...

New state tax laws to decrease city general fund by 16 percent if enacted

Coppell plans to hold capital purchases as it plans for its yearly revenue to decrease by 16 percent. The city will lose $12 million in business tax revenue due to new state tax laws taking effect in April.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

January 16, 2020

Sixteen percent of Coppell’s yearly budget is in jeopardy due to a new state tax law, according to city manager Mike Land. The new tax law will change tax revenue collected from business sales from origin to destination source.  Currently, cities collect tax from items produced within the municipality, but ci...

City appoints new board, commission, committee members

Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt appoints Divya Ravindra, Kevin Erickson, Shivi Sharma, Margaret Bryan and Maurenn Corcoran to the Parks and Recreation Board at Coppell Town Center on Tuesday. Ravindra and Sharma are juniors at CHS. Sharma is the CHS9 Editor for The Sidekick.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt swore in new members of city boards, commissions and foundations for the 2020 year during the City Council meeting on Tuesday. New members of the Animal Service Advisory and Appeals Board, Board of Adjustment, Conduct Review Board, Economic Development Foundation, Future-Oriented...

City council approves plans for new fire station

Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson discuss replacing fire engines and considering approval to purchase three 2020 pierce velocity engines through an inter local agreement with Houston Galveston council and fire station 4 project budget. Coppell City Council meetings are regularly held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Angela Yuan, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

On Tuesday, Coppell City Council unanimously voted to approve plans for a fourth fire station, proposed by Coppell Fire Department Chief Kevin Richardson. The projected budget for the project is $11.3 million.  According to Richardson, the new station will allow the department to respond to em...

City Council meeting discusses renovations to Lesley Field, reviews citizens’ satisfaction survey

A city council meeting was held at the Coppell Town Center on Oct 22. Important issues such as Municipal Court Week, citizen satisfaction and renovations to Lesley Field were discussed.

Avani Kashyap, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

On Tuesday, members of Coppell City Council met to discuss renovations to Lesley Field at CHS9. The results of the 2019 Coppell Citizens’ satisfaction survey were also presented and a proclamation regarding the municipal courts was approved. Relating to CISD, councilman Biju Mathew reported that on Nov. 1...

Breast cancer awareness, fire safety highlight city council meeting

During Tuesday’s Coppell City Council meeting at Coppell City Hall, Coppell Mayor Pro Tem Mark Hill presents Coppell Fire Department Deputy Chief Tim Oates with a proclamation naming Oct. 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week. Oates address the council and attendees about the importance of having a fire safety plan in your home.

Rithik Chennupati, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

On Tuesday, Coppell City Council proclaimed October 2019 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Volunteers from the Pink Soles In Motion organization came forward to accept the certificate. There are tools available to detect signs of breast cancer brought to light during the meeting by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Hill. Out of the ni...

Hunt to run for president of Texas Municipal League

Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt listens to Coppell Police Chief Danny Barton talk about upcoming National Night Out on Oct. 1 during the Coppell City Council meeting on Tuesday at Town Center. The city also approved Hunt’s candidacy for president-elect of the Texas Municipal League.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

On Tuesday, Coppell City Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Karen Hunt’s candidacy for president of the Texas Municipal League, the highest poisition in the league. According to Hunt, she will be one of three in the running for the position but did not specify who she will be running against. ...