Way back in the buoyant, booming times of 2002-era Frisco, voters approved a bond package that would allow for the creation of a Collin County arts hall, which would be a joint venture among the cities of Frisco, Plano, and Allen (and, originally, McKinney). The problem is Frisco never sold the bonds for the arts hall, and according to state law if voter-approved bonds are not sold within a ten year period, then they must be put back on the ballot for a vote. Guess what? That ten year deadline is now looming, and Frisconians are back debating the need for the center.
The project has been stalled for years by a lack of fundraising. Plans last year to take advantage of lower construction costs and break ground were halted because Frisco said it wasn’t ready to sell its share of the bonds.
Sound like a filibuster? Now the Frisco Tea Party is getting involved, having submitted a petition asking to send the bond back to the voters. But the plot thickens:
But some have called that 2002 vote flawed. City officials at the time pledged that the arts hall would be a four-city project or Frisco would bow out. McKinney voters rejected the bond measure. The Frisco City Council decided a year later to move ahead anyway as part of a three-city project. Those opposed to the hall say the city should have asked voters’ permission.
Maybe so, but nothing in the bond language on the ballot said that the venture had to be a four-city partnership. Nonetheless, nine years after that first election, the arts center will go back to the people of Frisco for a vote.
Of course, there is a simple solution for Plano and Allen: build the hall, and then check IDs at the door, and if patrons are from Frisco, charge a fee. Come to think of it, Plano may want to initiate a similar policy at their DART light rail stations, considering Frisco doesn’t contribute funds to DART either, instead using their half-cent tax to lure businesses away from nearby suburbs. Talk about a bad neighbor.