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The Sherman City Council will receive an update on the city's Quality Neighborhoods Program during a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of City Hall, 220 W. Mulberry St.
Community & Support Services Manager Nate Strauch will present the update on the program, which identifies blighted, vacant properties in the city that are in need of demolition or renovation. Sherman has demolished 60 substandard structures from 44 different properties in the last eight months.
Strauch will also give the council an update on ongoing projects within the city through video from Sherman II, the city's drone. The projects to be discussed include the new Sherman High, Legacy Village, Sherman Landing and more.
Director of Finance Mary Lawrence will give the council a presentation on potential legislative changes on the property tax rate. A document prepared for the council states Gov. Greg Abbott's property tax reform plan includes a portion that would “severely curtail” the ability of cities to issue certificates of obligation. Lawrence's presentation will also include information on the current fiscal year's General Fund and a projection for the next fiscal year.
The council will also consider calling a special meeting for 11 a.m. Feb. 27 to hold a training workshop that would be overseen by E. Allen Taylor Jr.
After four appointments to the Keep Sherman Beautiful Commission expired on Jan. 1, the council will consider reappointments and new appointments to that board.
Near the end of the meeting, the council will go into a closed executive session to consult with the city attorney on pending litigation and deliberate on economic development negotiations.