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Letters: Implement vote centers to boost turnout

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/29 12:20:00 (2 reads)

To the editor:

Vote Centers, modeled after the countywide polling sites used during early voting, have been implemented by at least 33 Texas counties since the state Legislature authorized a pilot program in 2005.

Pioneered in Colorado in 2003, Vote Centers have been found to save money and boost turnout across party lines, including among infrequent voters, according .to Rice University political scientist Bob Stein, who has studied non-precinct polling places. He was unable to find a Republican versus Democratic advantage in terms of the turnout effect.

Potential drawbacks include reduced polling sites, the possibility of confusing voters used to voting at a particular location and the costs associated with adopting a new system. However, at no additional cost the registration card, mailed each voter, could include the change information. In addition, there would be media coverage.

Counties adopting vote centers for the first time are required retain 65 percent of precinct polling places they otherwise would have used for that election. In subsequent elections, they must keep half the precinct polling sites.

Ken Leach,

Editor's note: Readers can learn more about vote centers here.

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Lewisville Lake Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/29 11:34:04 (87 reads)

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Lewisville Lake has continued to rise overnight, continuing its nearly linear climb from the rain event starting Thursday. Prior to the storms, the lake level had been at 522.46 feet according to US Geological Survey. As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the level had risen nearly six feet to 528.21 feet, and the rate of climb had begun to slow.

Lewisville Lake is designed so that water held below the 522 foot conservation pool level is reserved for municipal use (drinking, cooking, bathing) and recreation. The next ten feet are considered flood pool, meaning that this capacity is reserved to capture incoming rainfall and stream flow from events like this, and prevent flooding downstream. This has worked well, and prevented billions in damage.

As of Sunday morning, the flood pool was 57% full. It is a safe bet that as soon as the rains are over, and downstream flooding situations have resolved, the US Army Corps of Engineers will begin to release more water from the lake. A wetter than normal winter is expected, so they will have to free up that capacity quickly.

The last time the lake was this high was August 2. It took until September 8 for the level to drop down to 522.08, when it rained again and caused the level to rise again. But that was during the height of the Texas "super-summer", when evaporation rates were helped by the temperature, and municipal water usage was high. Our current climb has not yet peaked, and we are headed into a wet season.

Expect the dam's flood gates to be open throughout the winter, and for the Elm Fork of the Trinity to run high. It is likely that large areas of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) will be flooded for some time until the lake is back down closer to conservation pool level. Paddling opportunities for kayakers and canoeists will also be curtailed for a month or more.

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Account of LPD officer's grace on traffic stop spreads on social media

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/27 23:20:00 (1004 reads)

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Officer bought car seat for toddler when family had no other options

Last Saturday, Lewisville resident Nicole Dean ran a red light on Main Street. Lewisville police officer Jeremy Reyna saw it happen, and pulled her over. “Great, that’s a ticket,” thought Dean, who said she’d never had a citation before. As Officer Reyna, a 16-year veteran of the department who works in the traffic division, asked for Dean’s driver’s license, her fiance was hoping for a break, and Dean was stressing out. The young couple were financially strapped, and a traffic citation wouldn’t help.

As Reyna looked in the car, he noticed Dean’s 9-month-old son Kyler strapped into a car seat. But it didn’t look right to Reyna. Having attended car seat technician school, Reyna could see that the seat did not fit the toddler correctly. Dean didn’t know what to think when Reyna told her and her fiance to get out of the car. She told reporters she thought she was about to get a sobriety test. Reyna, who has his own 16-month-old daughter at home, wanted to show the couple how to adjust and attach the car seat correctly for Kyler’s safety. He told them he would let them off with a warning on the red light, but that they needed to get the car seat fixed for the child’s safety.

It didn’t take long for Reyna to figure out that the car seat could not be adjusted to fit the child correctly. “It was in deplorable condition,” Reyna told reporters Wednesday. He pointed out problems with the padding and straps, and asked Dean if she could get a new seat or have a relative come pick up the child. Dean explained to the officer that she had bought the seat used, and was hoping it would last until Christmas when she thought her mother would buy them a better one.

Focused on solving the problem, Officer Reyna told Dean to stay put with Kyler and he and Dean’s fiance Adam would be right back. Reyna drove his patrol car to nearby Walmart, where he purchased the a new car seat for approximately $50 out of his own pocket for Kyler. Reyna sent them on their way with a warning, and a safe child seat for Kyler to ride in.

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Wettest year in DFW history!

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/27 11:30:00 (344 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

As of about 7 a.m. Friday, the Dallas-Fort Worth area had set a new record for the most rainfall in a year, according to the National Weather Service. Normally by November 27th, the DFW area would have about 33.29 inches of rain. The yearly average rainfall for the DFW area is 36.14 inches. So far, the DFW area had received 55.23 inches, with more than a month left to go in the year. The prior record of 53.54 inches was set in 1991.

Officially, the National Weather Service recorded 2.71 inches of rain in the Metroplex on Thanksgiving. But as of Friday morning, many areas had received 6 inches or more, as rain continued through the night.

Flooding caused road closures in the area, with FM 2499 between Flower Mound and Grapevine being closed due to high waters from Denton Creek, and some lanes of I-35E in Carrollton closed due to flooding. The I-35E closures are expected to last until 8 p.m. Friday night.

The Elm Fork Trinity near Carrollton Dam (Sandy Lake Road) was at 10.8 feet Friday morning, at moderate flood stage. In Lewisville, the Elm Fork was running at 3,640 CFS Friday morning, cresting at 18.77 feet gage height, a rise of almost 11 feet overnight. As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, Lewisville Lake was at 523.43 feet, a steep rise of almost a foot overnight. This puts the lake nearly a foot and a half over conservation pool. The Corps of Engineers had been releasing a lot of water until Tuesday, when they cut off the spigot in anticipation of this rain event.

The National Weather service calls for continued rain through Sunday night, with an additional 5-7 inches possible for our portion of Denton County. Flooding remains the biggest threat, as forecasters do not currently predict any severe or winter weather at this time.

A classic El Niño weather pattern is blamed for wetter than average conditions in the southern states, even while California faces one of the most severe droughts of its history - though that situation is expected to improve. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, El Niño is not expected to peak for this year until sometime in December. So far, El Niño is the second strongest August-October ocean temperature anomaly on record since 1950. During an El Niño, surface waters in the eastern Pacific ocean increase, and easterly winds at the surface decrease, affecting global weather patterns. This winter is predicted to be cooler and wetter for Texas due to the pattern.

October of 2015 was the warmest October for global average temperatures since 1963, and the fourth warmest since 1895 when records began. NOAA notes that the first 10 months of 2015 were the warmest period on record. Eight of this year's months set monthly temperature records, and 2015 is on pace to set the record, previously set in 2014.

Record Pacific hurricane Sandra is set to make landfall in the Mexican state of Sinaloa at about 5 a.m. Saturday, but it has weakened significantly from its Category 4 status and is expected to be at a tropical storm level by the time it makes landfall. It set the record for latest formation of a Category 4 storm in the season.

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Subscribe to The Lewisville Texan Journal

Print Editions of LTJ
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/11/26 23:10:00 (217 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal will remain free, but paid delivery is now an option.

Since August of this year, we have been producing a print edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal, and providing it free to the public by distributing it at local businesses, and in boxes across town. We aim to keep the paper free for as long as we can, because we believe that everyone benefits from a more informed community.

With that said, we know that many people enjoy the convenience of a newspaper delivered to their home, and we know that we must add that option to the ways that we distribute the paper if we are going to reach more people.

So, it is our aim to begin offering subscriptions to Lewisville residents very soon. This is a new undertaking for us, so we want to take our time to get it right. We have to set up a way to bill and accept payments, and learn how to manage subscriptions and set up efficient delivery routes. We think that within the next few months, we should be able to begin offering regular home delivery of The Lewisville Texan Journal for about $5 per month. That price covers the cost of labor and fuel to deliver the paper.

In the meantime, we will begin offering home delivery as a premium for LTJ supporters who will financially support our volunteer-written, community-based newspaper with a monthly contribution of $20 or more. When you subscribe at our $20 per month supporter-level subscription, you will get a paper for yourself, and up to nine more to share with friends or coworkers. It will be delivered to your front door step before 8 a.m. on Saturday morning each week. We will even throw in a $15 credit each month towards any advertising that a supporter subscriber would like to purchase. And you’ll get a nifty collectible LTJ coffee mug.

Your support at this level helps us produce a paper and get it out to more readers. We realize that not everyone who wants to read The Lewisville Texan Journal will be able to do this, and that is why we will continue to offer free papers at our boxes and retail distribution points. We also are anxious to get our lower-priced subscription option in place just as soon as we can ramp up.

Sign up below to set up your subscription with PayPal or a credit card, and we will process your subscription and charge you each month. You’ll never have to write a check or mail a bill; it’s all automatic.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/11/25 7:00:00 (226 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThere are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.

Monday - Friday, November 23-27 - Lewisville ISD Student Holiday

Thursday, November 26 -Thanksgiving Day - City of Lewisville
All city offices closed in observance of the Holiday.

Thursday, November 26 -Thanksgiving Day - DCTA
DCTA services will not be running in observance of the Holiday.

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Saturday, November 28 & Sunday, November 29 - LakeCities Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker”
This holiday season brings LakeCities Ballet Theatre's 25th annual performance of "The Nutcracker." Enjoy this holiday classic with live music from the Lewisville Lake Symphony, conducted by Adron Ming. The show will take place at Marcus High School Larry Sigler Auditorium located at 5707 Morriss Road in Flower Mound. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at

Friday, December 4 - Fa La La La Follies “Christmas in Lewisville” presented by The Spectacular Senior Follies
Fa La La La Follies “Christmas in Lewisville” – The Spectacular Senior Follies will be on stage Dec. 4-6 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. This family-friendly, traditional Christmas season variety show will feature many of the stars of the Spectacular Senior Follies, with singing, dancing and comedy. Showtimes are 2 p.m and 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. For additional information see ... lies-fa-la-la-la-follies/

Friday, December 4 - Opening Night of "She Loves Me" by Greater Lewisville Community Theatre
The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre production of She Loves Me will run three weekends, December 4 - 20 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. She Loves Me is a warm, romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance. Remember “You’ve Got Mail”? This is the original.
GLCT is located at 160 W. Main St. in Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear off of Elm Street. Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for 65 & over or 18 & under. Call for reservations (recommended) at 972.221.SHOW (7469). Additional information is available at

Saturday, December 5 - Holiday Stroll
The annual Old Town Holiday Stroll will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, in historic Old Town Lewisville, featuring a wide range of free family events from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Highlights will include Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade at noon, followed by Holiday Stroll activities from 1 - 7 p.m. including community performances, holiday activities, photos with Santa, the Santa Paws Village and "Lewisville Lights!" Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting. For event information, call 972.219.3401 and be sure to check for updates.

Saturday, December 5 - Civic Chorale’s Family Christmas Concert
Conductor Lewis Worthington and the Lewisville Civic Chorale will present special Christmas anthems, carols, and music for flute and harp. Concert is 7:00 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old Orchard Lane, Lewisville, TX 75077 (corner of Old Orchard Lane and College Parkway). Ticket prices are: Adults and Seniors, $10; Family, $20; Student $5. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the door.

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Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 - Lewisville Christmas Market
The Premiere Event Center at 1165 S. Stemmons Freeway is hosting the Lewisville Christmas Market. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Booth after booth of gifts, original art, crafts and more!!! A great way to start or to finish up all your shopping for the holidays...or celebrate being done by picking yourself up a little something. Admission is $5 per person; kids 12 and under are free with paid adult. More information can be found at their Facebook page:

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Sunday, December 6 - Black Box Songwriter Series Presents THE SHERPAS
Sunday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. The Sherpas will perform at the MCL Grand’s Black Box Theater located at 100 N. Charles Street. This trio of three legendary music industry veterans will captivate audiences with their original compositions spanning vast songwriting careers among them. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. For additional information, see

Monday, December 7 - City Council Meeting
Lewisville City Council meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month unless the meeting falls on a recognized holiday at which time the meeting will be held the next Monday. The meetings are held in Council Chambers, Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street.

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Thursday, December 10 - Michael Winslow Live at Hat Tricks
Legendary actor, comedian, and beatboxer Michael Winslow will grace the stage at Hat Tricks this December. Winslow's massive career has spun many high profile films such as Police Academy and Space Balls, as well as appearing on many comedy shows such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Tickets go on sale November 10 and can be purchased at Show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Monday, December 14 - LISD Board Meeting
LISD will hold their monthly board meeting at Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main St. Open session begins at 7 p.m. All board meetings are live streamed and can be watched at

Monday, December 14 - Wednesday, December 16 - The 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar
The 3 Redneck Tenors will perform their “Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar” for four shows, Dec. 14-16, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Performances are at 8 p.m. each night, and also at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (60 and older), $15 for children (12 and under) and are available at

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Friday, December 18 - Starfish Comic and Gaming Expo
This comic and game showcase will be held at the Lewisville High School cafeteria, December 18, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This convention is brought to you by Mr.Jimenez’s class at Focus On The Future. Tickets go on sale 11/11/2015 and are available via Eventbrite or from a student. Special guest artist Brenda Hickey of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fame will be flying in from Canada. This event is for special needs adults, however everyone is welcomed. Venue subject to change.

Monday, December 21 - City Council Meeting
Lewisville City Council meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month unless the meeting falls on a recognized holiday at which time the meeting will be held the next Monday. The meetings are held in Council Chambers, Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street.

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Updated: One wounded in shooting; police trying to get witness stories straight

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/11/25 1:00:00 (3934 reads)

A man was shot in his car Tuesday night during a robbery at Edgewood Village Apartments, 2190 Uecker Drive. Lewisville Police Captain Kevin Deaver said the call came in at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night. Deaver said the original story provided by witnesses in the car with the victim was that the robber approached the car and its four occupants as they tried to park, and pulled a gun on them to try to rob them. The witnesses told police that one of the passengers tried to grab the gun away, and in that struggle the driver of the car was shot in the lower back.

But detectives now believe the witnesses were not totally truthful, and that there is more to that story. Deaver said the suspect in the shooting may be an acquaintance of one or more of the victim or witnesses.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Medical Center of Plano, and it is believed that he will survive.

Police established a perimeter in the area, and brought in canines to search for the shooter. The shooting suspect was initially described by the witnesses as a tall black male with scruffy beard. It was believed the suspect may have hopped a fence, and ran into the wooded area along the eastern side of the property. Police had been unable to get a DPS helicopter to assist in the search.

Radio traffic from Tuesday night and a police statement and other media accounts Wednesday morning indicated the robbery may be associated with others that have happened in the area recently, however police do not currently think that is the case. Detectives are still trying to determine what led to the shooting.

Those four aggravated armed robberies occurred Monday and Tuesday between 11:28 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. in Carrollton and Lewisville. In those incidents, black males approached victims in apartment complexes as they parked, and displayed a Glock-type handgun to rob the victims. In each of those robberies, the suspects were seen leaving in a white or light-colored small SUV. No one was injured in those robberies.

Anyone who has information on any of these offenses is encouraged to call the Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-3600 or the TIPS line at 972.219.TIPS (8477). Tipsters may also send an anonymous tip by texting “TipLPD” and their message to 847411.

This post has been updated several times, and we will continue to update the story as we learn more.

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Farmers' boys basketball nets four wins in two days

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/25 0:48:31 (288 reads)

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The Lewisville boys basketball team totalled four wins in two days this week, including an impressive victory over state-ranked Frisco Liberty.

LHS swept through their four opponents at the Frisco Lone Star Shootout. On Monday, the Farmers defeated Oklahoma City Storm 60-51 and Trinity Christian-Addison 58-42. They continued their winning ways on Tuesday with wins over Frisco Lone Star (52-41) and Frisco Liberty (57-53).

Liberty was selected as the 6th-ranked team in Class 5A in the first Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll of the season.

Lewisville rode the broad shoulders of center Trenton Sandifer during the two-day round-robin event. The senior led all Farmer players with 19 points and 14 rebounds in the finale against Liberty. He was his team’s leading scorer in all but the TCA game, when he was limited to one basket while grabbing 14 rebounds.

“These were really good wins for us,” Lewisville coach Gary Collier said after the Liberty game. “The guys are having success and buying into the system. Shots are falling and our defense is picking up more each game.”

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Country rap artist Mikel Knight promoters in Lewisville

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/24 23:50:00 (700 reads)

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Country rap artist Mikel Knight promotes his music a little differently than your typical Nashville country artist. Tuesday night, a crew of young men showed up at the Walmart on Main Street in Lewisville, where they were busy approaching cars and trying to get donations, purportedly for charity, in exchange for Knight’s albums.

One of the men told LTJ (incorrectly) that the group was raising money for Safe Haven, a "non-profit that fights against domestic violence". Another told LTJ that the team was raising money for a group called “A Cut Above the Rest”, a training center for ex-offenders getting out of prison.

LTJ was told that this style of promotion is meant to get Knight’s music out in the area and win new fans before he comes back to the area in four months for concerts. Staff there were not able to tell us any dates or venues, referring us to Knight’s website ( for future announcements. The workers there seemed eager to talk to people about Knight’s music, and were open with LTJ about their methods. One worker told us the group has six RVs and 20 vans. “We have 70 ugly rednecks and one pretty one - that’s me,” said one of the workers. He said that Knight himself was not in the bus just then, but that he would probably be coming by later Tuesday night. “He likes to show up and see if we’re working,” said the team member.

Team members with a handful of CDs could be seen talking to curious onlookers, or leaning into a car window to talk to a passing motorist in the parking lot.

Knight has been criticized by other media outlets, for the methods used in selling albums and for poor working conditions for his street teams. You can read all about the accusations in this article at

We do note that the group's representative Tuesday night did not say where the Safe Haven they are raising funds for is located. There is a SafeHaven of Tarrant County that focuses on domestic violence, but that organization confirmed that Knight is not affiliated with them, or fundraising on their behalf. The Safe Haven of Nashville appears to focus on homelessness, and Knight's website includes a letter from that organization acknowledging the relationship.

LTJ does advise that consumers be careful, especially with itinerant solicitors, that you know what you’re getting and how much you are paying. If you like Knight’s style of music, and you have $10 and want a CD, then by all means purchase one. But be careful about any claims to support a specific charity, unless you have a public statement by that charity acknowledging the relationship. Don't assume that any charities mentioned are local.

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Mary Kay to move manufacturing to Lewisville

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/24 20:10:00 (1140 reads)

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Zoning map for southern Lewisville. Light industrial zones are marked in light blue. (via City of Lewisville Maps)

By Steve Southwell

The cosmetics giant will build a $100 million plant in Lewisville to open in 2018.

Mary Kay Inc. announced today that they have chosen Lewisville as the location for their new global manufacturing and research and development facility. Although officials from Mary Kay and the City of Lewisville are keeping mum about the proposed location until after the property purchase closes, Mary Kay says it has identified a plot of land on which to build its new $100 million plant. The company currently has its 420,000 square foot manufacturing on Regal Row in Dallas, and had been in the process of determining whether to upgrade that plant or build a new one. That plant, according to Mary Kay, was opened in 1969, and produces 1.1 million units of product per day.

According to press releases from the City of Lewisville and Mary Kay, the company spent several months evaluating potential sites across North Texas before choosing Lewisville. Mary Kay Inc. says Lewisville was chosen because of its proximity to the company’s other local facilities, like its global headquarters in Addison, a distribution center in Carrollton and a warehouse facility in Dallas. Multiple unconfirmed rumors put the site in southern Lewisville. Although the Lewisville Texan Journal will not share these specific locations, we have confirmed that the sites being talked about are zoned appropriately for such a development.

“Our analysis identified the site in Lewisville as the optimal location for our new facility that will enable us to continue to provide the highest quality skincare and color cosmetics for our more than 3.5 million independent sales force members worldwide,“ said David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer for Mary Kay Inc.

The facility will host about 600 jobs, according to the City of Lewisville. This figure matches the 600 jobs that Mary Kay has at their current manufacturing and R&D facility. This means the new plant will not be a net job producer for the City of Lewisville, since it is highly likely existing employees will commute to the new plant.

The plant would have an impact on property tax collections for Lewisville, Denton County, and to a lesser extent, LISD. Lewisville might eventually bring in an additional $460,000 a year based on the real property. School districts do not realize extra operational revenue from increased property values, except in their portion of funding used for capital improvements. Business personal property tax from the plant could account for another chunk, depending on how much is invested in equipment. The current appraised value of their plant in Dallas County is $46 million, though freeport exemptions reduce that by almost half.

Neither Mary Kay nor the City of Lewisville would say Tuesday whether Mary Kay had applied for, or the city agreed to any form of tax abatements to encourage the development. Any such abatements would have to be approved in open session of the Lewisville City Council, but none have shown up so far on any agendas. Still, it’s unlikely the city would grant much in the way of abatements, given the fact that a manufacturing plant does not generate sales tax revenue, and that there would be no net new permanent jobs created from this deal. Wherever the plant ends up, nearby restaurants and hotels could see a slight bump from the increased daytime population.

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