With a new legislative session set to start in 2021, the Coppell City Council began the process of crafting its legislative priorities for the coming year. 

Deputy City Manager Vicky Chiavetta said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting that city officials would like the council’s input on prioritizing the items presented to them. She added there are more discussions planned as the new year approaches. 

Council member Gary Roden said the council should prioritize what legislators can accomplish, while fellow council member Wes Mays wants to focus on items that impact Coppell. 

Mayor Karen Hunt agreed, noting items that make a difference to Coppell and its residents should be high on the list, and she doesn’t want to wait until January to have further discussions. 

“We want to sit down with our local [legislators] before then and make sure they understand … a face-to-face to make sure they know what’s important could potentially happen in December,” she said. 

Among the items presented to the City Council included property tax caps, revenue caps, expenditure limitations, sales tax sourcing legislation, education funding, transportation and short-term rentals. The city also opposes any further losing of the restrictions regarding the proximity to schools, parks and churches where alcoholic beverages can be sold. 

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