Street Improvements Special Election – May 6, 2017
Not a New Tax... Reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the City of Grand Prairie at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets for eight years.
What is the ¼ cent sales tax for street improvements?
For the past 15 years, streets and alleys in Grand Prairie have been improved using the city’s ¼ cent sales tax for
streets. Now it is time for voters to decide if they want to continue the sales tax for street improvements.
Since April 2002, the ¼ cent sales tax has generated $76 million used to:
- Improve 275 streets
- Repair 99 alleys
- Fix 118 miles of roadway
- Eliminate 1,017 standing water sites
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Grand Prairie voters will vote whether to renew the ¼ cent sales tax for maintenance to existing streets and alleys for eight years.
What streets and alleys have been improved using the sales tax since 2002?
How much is a ¼ cent sales tax?
A one-fourth of one percent sales tax is equal to 5 cents on a $20 taxable purchase.
Will this increase the sales tax I pay now?
No, the sales tax we pay now is 8.25% and includes the ¼ cent sales tax for streets. If the vote renews the sales tax, the sales tax rate remains the same as it is now. If the vote is no, the sales tax will be reduced by ¼ cent.
Why do we have to have an election for this?
In 2001, a new state law allowed the city and its voters to approve a ¼ cent sales tax to be used exclusively for repairing existing streets and alleys. That same law required the voters to re-authorize that tax every four years.
Voters originally passed the sales tax in November 2001, and re-authorized the sales tax in 2005, 2009 and 2013. A new revision to the law allows voters to re-authorize the tax for eight years. In Grand Prairie, the ¼ cent sales tax is about $7 million a year for street repairs, including alleys, curbs, street overlays and reconstruction.
What happens if the election fails?
If the tax is not renewed, shoppers in Grand Prairie would save ¼ cent on each taxable purchase and the number of street, alley and standing water repairs residents now experience would decrease to a number that could be absorbed by the General Fund.
The number of street, alley and standing water repairs would likely significantly decrease to a level that can be financed through the general fund, which is supported by property taxes.
On what is sales tax charged?
Sales tax is charged on:
Sales tax is NOT charged on:
What else do I need to know about this election?
- Non-residents who purchase goods in Grand Prairie would share the cost of street improvements through the sales tax.
- About $56 million would be collected during the next eight years and used for street maintenance, including overlay, reconstruction and rehabilitation and alley reconstruction.
- The sales tax disappears in eight years, unless reapproved by the voters.
- The money cannot be spent for anything but street, alley and curb maintenance according to state law.
Statement of Commitment
When voters approve a sales tax, the proceeds must be used for the purpose described in the proposition. The
funds may not be diverted for other use.
When and where do I vote?
Early Voting: April 24–May 2, 2017
Election Day Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017
(Areas of the City of Grand Prairie are located within Dallas County, Tarrant County, and Ellis County.)
- Dallas County (and Ellis County voters within Grand Prairie) – Polling Times and Locations
Main Phone Number: 214-819-6300
Voter Registration Phone Number: 214-819-6389
Early Voting Phone Number: 214-819-6359
- Tarrant County – Polling Times and Locations