Got a Grip on Your Finances or Do They Have a Grip on You?
Saddle up as the Plano Public Library (PPL) takes you on a financial expedition that costs you nothing. From Friday, May 18 to Wednesday, June 27, Haggard Library hosts Thinking Money, a museum-quality traveling exhibit with an adventure-themed storyline and many interactive activities. Thinking Money offers easy-to-understand and engaging financial literacy tips to help you and your children develop smart financial habits. PPL is the only Texas library and the last of 50 public libraries to receive the exhibition. Developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Investor Education Foundation, the exhibit is free.

Check out the  variety of programs leading up to and following the exhibit:
  • Wednesday, May 16 - The 4 C's of Credit dives into understanding a credit report and suggests ways to improve your score.
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Are You and Your Money in Danger? provides information for protecting yourself and your loved ones from fraud and exploitation. It's presented by the Elder Financial Safety Center.
  • Monday, June 11 - Recycling Money uses actual shredded money from the United States Treasury as craft materials.
  • Tuesday, June 13 - Funding Your New Fido looks at the real costs and responsibilities of pet ownership (adoptions available!).
  • Thursday, June 21 - Game of Life teaches 9th through 12th graders about buying a home, paying for college and more.
This is just a smattering of the classes offered. We also have a few classes in Spanish. Take in the movie "Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions" at Haggard on Wednesdays and Saturdays in June or check it out and watch it at home. 

Find more exhibit and related program information, as well as personal stories, on the Library's Thinking Money webpage.

Does Your Dog Have Game?
Beginning June 11, you can share photos of your pup enjoying pet-friendly activities throughout Plano for a chance to win great prizes. It's all part of Visit Plano's newest contest to honor those who travel with pets. On July 11, three lucky winners will be selected to receive vacation packages.  Upload your images to Visit Plano's Pet-Friendly webpage to be entered.

Along with the contest, make plans to visit Bark in the Park on Saturday, June 9, 9-11 a.m., at Jack Carter Dog Park. Stop by the Visit Plano booth for a free #PlanoPup bandanna. 

The celebration wraps up on National Dog Day, Aug. 26, with a dog-friendly event at Henry's Tavern.

Sniff out the competition and show off your #PlanoPup on the Visit Plano Pet-Friendly page.

What's on Your Property Tax Bill?
Did you receive your real property (home) appraisal notices from the county appraisal district? Even if the appraised value goes up, you cannot be taxed for more than 10 percent of the appraised property value annually. This year you have only until today (May 15) to protest your taxable values through the county appraisal district. Property tax is not due until January.

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 current City tax rate is 46.86 cents per $100 valuation, which was set in 2017. 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.

Watch the Plano ISD-City of Plano Joint Plano Town Hall focused on property taxes on April 19.   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.

Memorial Day Weekend Happenings
Plano's Outdoor Pools Open

Saturday, May 26
Summer hours begin.

Memorial Day City Service Schedule

Monday, May 28
Trash collection slides back a day.
Sunset
at Memorial Park

Monday, May 28
7 p.m.

Veterans Memorial
2101 Bay Hill Drive


City Council Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings are the first and third Mondays of the month. All  agendas and minutes are posted online.  Watch the meetings live on Spectrum  channel 16, Frontier FiOS channel 30 and 31, AT&T U-verse channel 99 (choose Plano), City of Plano Facebook or anytime at planotv.org.
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Fill the Boot
for MDA
JoJo Anthony helped the Plano Firefighters Association kick off the  MDA Fill the Boot campaign . Watch for firefighters collecting Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) donations on designated Plano street corners.

Watch the Peace Officer Memorial
The annual Peace Officer Memorial Service is Thursday, May 17, 11 a.m., at Plano Municipal Center. Attend or watch it live on Facebook or planotv.org.

Bike to Work 
May 18
Put your pedals to the metal for National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. DART locations will host Energizer Stations from 7 to 9 a.m. Get a free bike safety check, refreshments and more. Learn why you should ride not drive.

Traffic Delays Near Oak Point Park Saturday, May 19
The 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis is Saturday, May 19. The route follows the trail system; however, traffic delays are anticipated. Plan an alternate route.

Take the Plano Housing Survey
If you live or work in Plano, there's still time to  take the Plano Housing Survey. You could win a $25-$100 Visa gift card. 

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