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Relating to the powers and duties of the Karis Municipal Management District of Tarrant County; changing the territory of the district; providing a civil penalty; providing authority to issue bonds.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 2456 would modify the powers and duties of the Karis Municipal Management District of Tarrant County to administer and provide funding for community improvement projects and services in the district. It would allow the district to undertake all or part of the cost of an improvement project related to public safety and security, fire protection and emergency medical services, and law enforcement in or adjacent to the district, or that confers a benefit on the district.
Among other things, this bill would also authorize the district to engage in activities that accomplish the economic development purposes of the district. This may include making loans and grants of public money, and providing district personnel and services. The district would be allowed to create economic development programs and exercise the economic development powers provided to municipalities under state law.
Texas Action recommends opposing SB 2456 because it infringes upon the principles of free markets and limited government. While we do not oppose improvements related to public safety, a legitimate function of the state, we have consistently opposed any creation or expansion of economic development powers. Chapter 380 economic development provides broad authority to unelected officials in determining whether public money should be spent for anything that may constitute a "public purpose." This money is then used to unfairly favor certain businesses and industries over others, effectively allowing the government to choose winners and losers in the marketplace.