Honor Our Service Men and Women Who Gave All

Park at Schimelpfenig Library or the Plano Chinese Alliance Church. Sunset at Memorial Park is presented by American Legion Harding-Blaine Post 321 and Casey Joyce All-America VFW Post 4380.
Ready for Pool Season? Outdoor Pools Open May 27
Find your swimsuit because the city's outdoor pools are almost ready for you. The pools open for summer on Saturday, May 27 just in time for Memorial Day weekend. They remain open every weekend through Sept. 3. Check out this great guide to Plano pools .

If your little ducklings need to learn to swim, we offer affordable swimming lessons all year round starting at age six months. Find classes in the summer edition of Leisure.
What's on Your Property Tax Bill?
Each year about this time, homeowners receive real property (home) appraisal notices from their county appraisal district. Even though property taxes are not due until January; the notice is a reminder of what lies ahead. The good news is even if your appraised value goes up you cannot be taxed for more than 10 percent of appraised property value each year. You have until May 31 to protest your taxable values through the county appraisal district.
 
Property tax, also called ad valorem tax, is assessed on a per $100 valuation of your property. Tax bills are issued by county appraisal districts with taxes from several taxing entities including the city, county, school district and community college.
 
The majority of Plano is in Collin County but the northwest corner of the City is actually in Denton County, so those tax rates can be different. Small portions of our City are in Frisco and Lewisville school districts, but most of the City is in the Plano Independent School District. 
 
The current City tax rate is 47.86 cents per $100 valuation, which was set in 2016. In Plano, we generally review the tax rate during our annual budget process beginning in July and then it gets set in September after several open public hearings.
 
Use the My Tax Dollars tool to calculate your taxes. If you are shopping for a home, you can get tax rates for comparison through the Collin and Denton appraisal district websites.
Planning Department Wins National Honor
The American Planning Association (APA) presented the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan to the City of Plano. The award recognizes the process used to develop the Plano Tomorrow comprehensive plan and is one of the highest  National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards  bestowed. Photographed (left to right) are: 2017 APA Awards Jury Chair W. Shedrick Coleman, City of Plano Planner Ross Altobelli, Trail System Planner Christina Sebastian, Former Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Doug Bender, Planning Director Christina Day, Former Deputy City Manager Frank Turner, Neighborhood Services Director Lori Schwartz, Comprehensive Planning Manager Doug McDonald, Senior Planner Steve Sims and APA President Cynthia Bowen.  Watch the award video.
City Council Meetings are second and fourth Mondays of the month. Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings are first and third Mondays of the month. All  agendas and minutes are posted online.  The meetings can be watched live on Spectrum  Channel 16, Frontier FiOS Channel 30 and 31, or anytime at planotv.org.
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TRAFFIC ALERT: Dallas North Tollway Closure May 19-22
The Dallas North Tollway (DNT) at the Legacy Drive bridge is scheduled for a full closure May 19-22. The closure allows for beam placement. Plan your route and get details from the detour map .
Can You Paddle?
Be one of the first to paddle across Oak Point Lake. Parks and Recreation offers several new kayaking classes starting June 14. Stand Up Paddle Boarding begins June 19. Each class is three days long. We provide the gear but you must be able to swim. Register at planoparks.orgs.
How Did Plano Get Its Name?

The name of our city was selected during the establishment of our first post office. Originally, the city was to be named after U.S. President Fillmore. Conflicting stories suggest the name was either rejected by the postal service or rejected by those who opposed the President's Whig political affiliation. It's believed Dr. Henry Dye suggested the name Plano, which he thought was the Spanish word for plains.

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