What is the status of the former stadium site redevelopment? Is the $2 billion “Sky Park” project on hold?
The city continues to receive interest from developers for the redevelopment of the stadium site. The Sky Park proposal was one of several concepts that the city has received. Any future redevelopment will take advantage of the mass transit infrastructure and highway improvements being put in place today. In the interim, the city has contracted with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to use the stadium site as a construction staging area.

The city is working with TxDOT on a concept bridge that will include pedestrian access and landscaping. The bridge will connect the stadium site to the proposed DART Orange Line station site located directly across State Highway 114. Like many TxDOT projects, funding for the actual project will be identified once the design is further along and the project is closer to “shovel ready.”

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1. How are tax revenues decreasing if the city is raising the tax rate?
2. Why are my taxes so high?
3. Is it true that the decrease in tax revenue is in part due to the Heritage Crossing project, in that so many dwellings/buildings were removed and now sit as vacant land at a lower taxable rate?
4. Are any city departments over budget for the current year?
5. If Code Enforcement is a key focus area for the city, why does the budget show funding for five fewer code enforcement personnel in the coming year?
6. How much does the City of Irving receive in revenue from the company that operates Twin Wells Golf Course? Where is that reflected in the city’s records?
7. Are any funds allocated in the FY 2010-11 budget for improvements along Irving Boulevard between the Trinity River and Loop 12?
8. What is the status of the former stadium site redevelopment? Is the $2 billion “Sky Park” project on hold?
9. Is everything paid for from the General Fund?
10. How much of the increase in the municipal services bill goes to the General Fund?
11. What happened to the $12 million in savings that have been realized over the past four years?
12. How many employees work for the City of Irving?
13. Is Irving self-insured? How much does health insurance cost the city?
14. How much of the budget goes toward the Heritage Crossing project?
15. Why doesn’t the city match tax increases with a dollar-for-dollar operating expenditure reduction?
16. If taxes are increased due to lower property values, will the city ever reduce taxes?
17. Has the city manager received a raise this year?
18. How is the city reducing expenditures?
19. Why doesn’t the city reduce services to ease the tax burden on residents?
20. How much will my taxes increase under the proposed budget?
21. Where will the money come from for the Entertainment Venue if the dedicated revenues are not sufficient to pay the debt? (Full question provided in answer.)