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November 30, 2017

Reluctant landowners block plans for some Texas cities to expand

  • Critics say a new law could deprive Texas' burgeoning cities of room to grow and to expand their taxing authority and streamline services.
    Associated Press

    DALLAS — Shannon and Jason Blake traded life in the booming Dallas suburb of Frisco last year for a farmhouse and 30 acres outside of McKinney, about 10 miles away.

    They turned some of the new land into a makeshift running track for their six young kids, who are homeschooled, and they cherish the freedom to use their property the way they wish. When McKinney told them in September that it planned to expand its borders to include their land and about 4,000 more unincorporated acres, the Blakes and their neighbors pushed back, fearing new property restrictions, regulations and taxes. McKinney abandoned the plan earlier this month.

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