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Crime Control and Fire Prevention Districts, Election, May 4, 2024

In December 2023, the City Council created two Special Purpose Districts: a Crime Control and Prevention District (“CCPD”) (Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 363) and a Fire Control, Prevention, and Emergency Medical Services District (“FPD”) (Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 344). The Ordinances creating the two Special Purpose Districts can be found at the links below:

  • Ordinance 2024-15 related to creating a Crime Control and Prevention District
  • Ordinance 2024-16 related to creating a Fire Control, Prevention, and Emergency Medical Services District

In accordance with State Law, the City Council can create special purpose districts, but the funding authorization must be approved by the voters in Melissa through an election.

A CCPD supports crime control and prevention programs, public safety operational expenses, and related capital purchases. The proposed District (CCPD) would collect a ¼ cent sales tax on sales within the City of Melissa that is currently dedicated to industrial economic development. These monies would be utilized to invest in policing technology, equipment, personnel, and specialized divisions.

  • To be funded, voters must reallocate a portion of the current sales tax dedicated to industrial economic development and redirect those funds to Police.

A FPD supports fire control and prevention programs, fire operational expenses, and related capital purchases. The proposed District (FPD) would collect a ¼ cent sales tax on sales within the City of Melissa that is currently dedicated to industrial economic development. These monies would be utilized to fund construction of a proposed fire station facility, necessary personnel, and apparatus purchases.

  • To be funded, voters must reallocate a portion of the current sales tax dedicated to industrial economic development and redirect those funds to Fire.

The election to ask the voters for reallocation of the current sales tax dedicated from industrial economic development to Police and Fire services will soon be called for the May 4, 2024, general election date.

Current State Law requires these Special Purpose Districts be reauthorized by the voter of the Melissa community after a period of 5 years, at which time Melissa voters will have to reauthorize the sales tax allocation to the respective services.

It is important to note that this is not a tax increase of any kind. The sales tax rate will remain the same regardless of the election outcome; the only change would be that there would be no dedicated sales tax for industrial economic development. That dedicated funding source would be split for Police and/or Fire or both services.

For a presentation of the proposed sales tax reallocation for Police and Fire purposes, please see the Crime Control and Fire Prevention Districts presentation.

For the ballot propositions and possible ballot outcomes, please see the Ballot Language and Outcomes.

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