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Commission floored after TxDOT letter

The Texas Department of Transportation is suggesting Ennis pay for improvements to the three miles of state highway U.S. 287 left unimproved between I-45 and SH 34 at a cost of $70 million or more.
City Commissioners balked at TxDOT area engineer Bill Pierce’s suggestion for “pass-through” funding at their regular meeting Monday. In order to foot the bill for the improvements to the state facilities, Ennis would likely be faced with boosting its tax rate by almost 80 percent, which City Manager Steve Howerton flatly called “an impossibility.” The commission agreed in no uncertain terms.

“The City may want to consider pass-through financing for the U.S. 287 improvements,” Pierce wrote in a letter dated Dec. 16. “Pass-through financing is a tool the State created to stretch already limited highway tax dollars by allowing local communities to fund upfront costs for constructing a State highway project. The State then reimburses a portion of the project cost to the community over time by paying a fee for each vehicle that drives on the new highway.”

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