McKinney Community Development Corporation President Cindy Schneible
McKinney Courier Gazette, January 22, 2017
As McKinney grows in population, the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) works to enhance the quality of life for residents. What many McKinney residents may not know is that decisions to buy local have a direct impact on quality of life in this community.
McKinney's Renowned Quality of Life
In 1996, McKinney voters approved a half-cent sales tax, coined the “Quality of Life sales tax,” to support quality of life projects. Every time residents shop and dine in McKinney, sales tax revenue stays in our community to fund projects like parks and community centers, museums, special events and the Apex Centre, the new aquatics and fitness center in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park. In the past 20 years, more than $124 million, generated through the half-cent sales tax on purchases made in McKinney have been invested back into the community.
Quality of life touches every aspect of our city. It affects the growth rate by attracting residents, creating economic vitality by attracting businesses to locate or expand in our community and generating tourism by providing amenities that draw visitors to McKinney.
Sales Tax Revenue Funds Projects and Community Events
Community and cultural projects funded through the half-cent sales tax include the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Dr Pepper StarCenter at Craig Ranch and the renovation of the old Collin County courthouse, now the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The MCDC board also approved funding to support expansion of the tennis facilities at The Courts tennis facility, construction of a new neighborhood park, Dr. Mack Hill Park, adjacent to Frisco ISD Scott Elementary, and to the McKinney Rotary Foundation for the planned all-abilities playground located at Bonnie Wenk Park.
Promotional and community event grants were awarded to advertise and promote various events around McKinney in 2016 including the McKinney Farmer’s Market, McKinney Main Street’s Arts in Bloom and Wine Festival and Oktoberfest, Smiles Charity Concert, McKinney Rotary Club Foundation Parade of Lights and Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Fun Run and Festival to name a few.
This year, our city anxiously awaits the grand opening of the Apex Centre, the new state of the art aquatics and fitness facility. Pre-sale memberships began in November and are available for purchase now. Members of the 80,000-square-foot facility will enjoy full access to the fitness facility, weight training equipment, sports courts, an elevated track, babysitting facilities and multipurpose rooms. Additionally, members can jump in and make a splash in the 25-yard-by-25-meter pool for competitive and lap swimming, a leisure pool and an outdoor leisure and recreation pool.
MCDC granted $34.5 million, generated by the half-cent sales tax, to help fund the Apex Centre, accounting for more than 95 percent of the facility funding. The remaining $1.5 million came from the City of McKinney.
Buying Local is Worth Every Cent
It would be difficult to imagine McKinney without the various recreational facilities, beautiful parks, vibrant historic downtown and the abundant choices of cultural events and activities occurring throughout the year. Buying local is worth every cent…the quality of live investment made possible is money well spent.