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Posted on: January 8, 2021

TREE TRIMMING: Oncor issues advisory on upcoming tree trimming

Oncor workers trimming trees

FBTX ~ Oncor Electric Delivery has advised the City of Farmers Branch that Oncor subcontractor crews will be conducting required tree trimming this month in three residential areas.
The company plans to have crews at work between January 9 and January 23 i...
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City News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

ENERGY EFFICIENT: Solar panels now top Manske Library

Library solar panels aerial view

FBTX ~ The Manske Library has a new roof and 442 solar panels with an estimated annual output of 300,000 kWh, compared to an average home that uses about 12,000 kWh annually.
The Farmers Branch City Council last year gave unanimous approval to a $2.55 mill...
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City News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

COVID VACCINE: FBFD receives vaccine for first responders

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Fire Department requested and received a shipment of 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, intended specifically for the City's first responders.
 
So far, 60 City firefighters and police officers have been vaccinated and soo...
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City News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

LOST & FOUND: New partnership assists in finding lost pets

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FBTX ~ The staff at the Animal Adoption Center have recently partnered with @findingrover, a website that helps locate lost pets quickly and easily. If you have lost or found a dog or cat, visit the website findingrover.com to u...
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City News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

RETIRED: Tom Bryson retires after 31 years in city government

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FBTX ~ After 31 years in local government service, including 22 in Farmers Branch, Communications Director Tom Bryson will retire on January 4.

   Mayor Dye honored him at Tuesday's City Council meeting with a plaque and a Mayoral proclam...

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City News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

BRUSH: Real Christmas trees can be set out for Brush Collection

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FBTX ~ Natural Christmas trees can be set out for Brush Collection ONLY if all decorations have been removed. Do not place a Christmas tree of any kind in a City recycling bin.
   Neither artificial nor natural ...
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City News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

SPEAKING: City Council launches new citizen speaker process

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FBTX ~ Farmers Branch City Council members want to hear from a wide cross-section of citizens and better organize citizen feedback. Toward that end, beginning next month, anyone who wishes to speak before Council will need to sign up at least 30 minutes b...
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City News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

AWARDS: Parks & Recreation Department nets four awards

Farmers Branch Aquatics

FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation has just received four major awards from two agencies.
   First, the North Texas Aquatics Association has recognized the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center as Agency of the Year.
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City News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

PD PROMO: Erik Stokes promoted to Deputy Police Chief

Erik Stokes

FBTX ~ A longtime member of the Farmers Branch Police Department with a rich and varied law enforcement background, Erik Stokes has been promoted to the position of Deputy Chief for support services, according to Police Chief David Hale.
 
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City News
Posted on: November 23, 2020

ARTS & CULTURE: City in search of artists for new directory

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FBTX ~ The Arts & Culture Committee is in the process of compiling a directory of local resident artists who either live or work in Farmers Branch.
 
   Types of artists sought include those engaging in Composition/Production,...
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City News
Posted on: December 4, 2020

BOND RATING: Top agencies uphold City's AA+ bond rating

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FBTX ~ Two of the nation's top credit rating agencies upheld the Farmers Branch coveted AA+ rating this year.

 

   Fitch Ratings cited the City's “solid revenue growth prospects and solid operating performance, characteri...

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City News
Posted on: December 4, 2020

BREAKING: Percentage of hospitalizations triggers cutbacks

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DALLAS ~ Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is reporting that the state-designated Trauma Service Area that includes Dallas County and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, has reached seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed pat...
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City News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

EXPANDED: Library offers more public parking

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FBTX ~ The Manske Library now has more room for public parking. One of the first steps in a major renovation has been to enhance and expand the parking lot across Golfing Green Drive.

   Other functional improvements will include ADA comp...

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City News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

BARN STRUCTURE: Historical Park Barn project concept approved

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FBTX ~ Envisioning a structure that could host medium-sized rentals, weddings, classes and special events, the Farmers Branch City Council has approved the concept, placement, size and design for a barn-like event center at the Historical Park.

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City News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

RENOVATION: Rec Center moving forward with Phase 1 renovations

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center has moved another step closer to a makeover with Phase 1 renovations being approved by the City Council during their first meeting in October.

   The work is anticipated to begin in ea...

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City News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

TASK FORCE: Mayor reports on Future of Policing Task Force

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FBTX ~ Following discussions with a diverse, 26-member body, representing a cross-section of the Farmers Branch community and Farmers Branch Police Chief David Hale, Mayor Robert Dye reported to the City Council on the goals and recommendations of the Fut...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

STEMMONS: Residents will be invited to offer input on I-35E corridor vision

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FBTX ~ Residents and businesspeople will play a key role as Farmers Branch City leaders undertake a visioning process in 2020 in order to gain a clearer picture of what the corridor on both sides of Interstate 35E through Farmers Branch will look like in ...

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City News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

MONEYINC.COM: Online magazine names Farmers Branch third best place to live in Dallas

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FBTX ~ In their annual list of top 20 best places to live in Dallas, MoneyInc.com has proclaimed Farmers Branch to be number three on the list, behind only Frisco and Addison.

   MoneyInc.com author Liz Flynn said the most common factors ...

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City News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

ARTWORK: West Side Water Tower officially recognized

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FBTX ~ Since 2006, the Tnemec corporation has celebrated the innovative and creative uses of its coatings on water tanks with the annual Tank of the Year contest. 

   Each year, tanks of all varieties from across the U.S. and Can...

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City News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

TRAILS: West Side Art Trail to connect neighborhoods

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FBTX – City of Farmers Branch residents and visitors will soon have more transportation options for getting around the city with the advent of the “Westside Art Trail,” a $10.4 million project with construction largely funded...

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2020

THEATRE: Firehouse leaps into professional ranks

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FBTX ~ Operated as a community theatre since its founding, the Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch has joined the Actor’s Equity Association, meaning it has graduated to the ranks of professional theatre.

   According to D Magaz...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

COMPOST: Residents can compost without dealing with a bin

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FBTX ~ Thanks to a new program offered by the Farmers Branch Department of Sustainability & Public Health, residents will now be able to participate in composting without dealing with the challenges of a composting bin at home.

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

OLDER AMERICANS: Senior homestead exemption savings equals 4-cents on property tax rate

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to lower the property tax bills of the over-65 population in Farmers Branch by an equivalent of 4-cents on the property tax rate.

   The Council raised the Resident Ho...

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City News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

KUDOS: Aquatics' Ashley Muñoz heralded by national professional organization

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AOAP ~ Farmers Branch Aquatics Supervisor Ashley Muñoz has been named the Competitor Swim Aquatic Professional of the Month by the Association of Aquatic Professionals.

   She is directly responsible for up to 75 part-time staf...

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City News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

COUNCIL: Retana tapped for NLC committee assignment

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WASHINGTON ~ Farmers Branch City Council Member Cristal Retana has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2020 Human Development federal advocacy committee.

   This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal...

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City News
Posted on: June 7, 2019

BIG RELOCATION: Farmers Branch welcomes Tenet Healthcare headquarters

International Plaza

FBTX ~ With a great deal of excitement and anticipation, the City of Farmers Branch has announced that Tenet Healthcare Corporation has signed a long-term lease for the company’s new corporate headquarters, at International Plaza Building I in F...

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City News
Posted on: April 4, 2019

LANDMARK ACTION: City Council takes huge step towards ending child homelessness in Farmers Branch

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FBTX ~ In line with the priorities of their strategic plan, and motivated by the recent Point-in-Time count, that identified 43 homeless C-FB ISD students living in Farmers Branch, the Farmers Branch City Council on Tuesday took a landmark step towards en...

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City News
Posted on: September 19, 2018

FRAUD: FBPD warns residents to be vigilant for scammers

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Police Department is asking residents to be aware that scams are on the increase, and are being perpetrated on social media, via email, and by telephone.

Scammers will prey on a person’s fear, desire to make easy money, ...

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City News
Posted on: February 26, 2018

E-COURT: Farmers Branch becomes first court in Texas to offer online resolution of some cases

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FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Municipal Court has brought traffic tickets back to the future, keying on a new trend in technology to offer a virtual courtroom, affording the opportunity for most Class C misdemeanor cases to be handled online.

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Posted on: May 8, 2017

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: New mixed use project to replace big box at Inwood and Alpha

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FBTX ~ After a great deal of negotiation, the Farmers Branch Economic Development Office has announced a new mixed use project for the corner of Alpha and Inwood Roads. 
    The new project on the 14-acre tract will include retai...
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City News
Posted on: March 7, 2017

BRANCH ALERT: New system targets information to specific, geographic areas

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FBTX ~ Employing technology that can notify residents of anything from severe weather to community updates, via voice or text, the City of Farmers Branch is announcing the launch of the Branch Alert system.  
Anyone wishing to receive thi...
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City News
Posted on: December 12, 2016

NEW: City Secretary's office enhances transparency with online public information request process

Open Information Request Portal FBTX ~ Streamlining the process of public information requests like never before, Farmers Branch City Secretary Amy Piukana said her office is preparing to launch an online public information request process.    The City recently purchas...Read on... Public Information Request Portal City News
Posted on: October 19, 2016

TEXT TO 911: Option now available in Farmers Branch

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The Denco Area 9-1-1 District has announced that it has implemented text-to-911 service for all of Denton County and the City of Carrollton, including the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, serving public safety dispatch for Far...

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City News
Posted on: November 30, 2016

NEW ARCHIVE: City records archive now available to anyone online

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FBTX ~ Ushering in a new degree of transparency like never before, the City of Farmers Branch has launched an online City Records Archive that allows anyone to access packets, minutes of public meetings, ordinances, resolutions and more.
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City News
Posted on: July 27, 2016

BUZZZZZ: Integrated Mosquito Management combatting warm weather pests

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ As the weather continues to warm up, coupled with periodic and uncharacteristic rainfall this summer, Farmers Branch staff is working hard to protect residents from mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. Resident involv...

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

SAFE CAM: FBPD asks for the help of extra "eyes" in the community

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ As one of its newest crime prevention and investigation tools, the Farmers Branch Police Department is asking local residents and businesses to register their surveillance cameras for the SafeCam initiative.

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City News
Posted on: April 13, 2016

ALARMS: Changes to ordinance designed to reduce false alarm calls

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ With eight valid alarm calls last year, out of 3,059 responded to by the Police Department, the Farmers Branch City Council has approved changes to the local alarm ordinance, designed to keep officers on the street and away from false ala...Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 24, 2016

LIVE: Four partner cities now live on state-of-the-art dispatch center

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CARROLLTON ~ After years of planning, preparation, testing and checking, the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, or NTECC, is now fully implemented with public safety dispatch for its four member cities - Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Coppell and A...

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City News
Posted on: September 28, 2015

RAPID FLASH BEACONS: New flashing crosswalks designed to improve pedestrian safety

Rapid Flash Crosswalk Beacons

FARMERS BRANCH ~ In a continuing effort to improve pedestrian safety at strategic spots, the Farmers Branch Public Works Department has installed solar-powered rapid flash crosswalk signs at three locations.

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City News
Posted on: August 5, 2015

SAFE ZONES: FBPD sets up exchange location for online business, child custody

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to further the safety of the community, the Farmers Branch Police Department has initiated a “Safe Exchange Zone” program for the exchange of items that have been bought, sold or traded or for child custody exchanges.

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City News
Posted on: April 21, 2015

APP-SOLUTELY: Farmers Branch launches mobile app for smartphones and tablets

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Helping to put City of Farmers Branch information and resources at the fingertips of citizens, the Farmers Branch Mobile App for smartphones and tablets has debuted in Apple’s App Store and on the Android Marketplace.

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Posted on: April 21, 2015

DRUGS: Prescription take back now possible five days a week at FBPD

Drug take back.

FARMERS BRANCH ~ In what was previously a once or twice a year event, dropping off old prescription medications for proper disposal is now a permanent service offered by the Farmers Branch Police Department.

Sergeant Terry Eoff said the new receptac...Read on...

City News
Posted on: April 6, 2015

RING IN THE OLD: Original bell from Old Church finds its way home to the Historical Park

Original bell from old church

FARMERS BRANCH ~ On an unusually warm Tuesday in January, a crew of specialized craftsmen carefully helped place a 100-plus-year-old bell back into the belfry where its service began in the 1890s.

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Residents will be invited to offer input on I-35E corridor vision

interstate-35-sign

FBTX ~ Residents and businesspeople will play a key role as Farmers Branch City leaders undertake a visioning process in 2020 in order to gain a clearer picture of what the corridor on both sides of Interstate 35E through Farmers Branch will look like in ...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

City leaders looking for teens to serve on Youth Council

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FBTX ~ Mayor Robert Dye and the Farmers Branch City Council are actively searching for high school students in the community to serve on the first Farmers Branch Youth Council.

   The goal of the Youth Council is to create a pathway for y...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

Online magazine names Farmers Branch third best place to live in Dallas

City in a Park 430 by 430

FBTX ~ In their annual list of top 20 best places to live in Dallas, MoneyInc.com has proclaimed Farmers Branch to be number three on the list, behind only Frisco and Addison.

   MoneyInc.com author Liz Flynn said the most common factors ...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

West Side Art Trail to connect neighborhoods

Katie video thumbnail on West Side Art Trail

FBTX – City of Farmers Branch residents and visitors will soon have more transportation options for getting around the city with the advent of the “Westside Art Trail,” a $10.4 million project with construction largely funded...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Senior homestead exemption savings equals 4-cents on property tax rate

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to lower the property tax bills of the over-65 population in Farmers Branch by an equivalent of 4-cents on the property tax rate.

   The Council raised the Resident Ho...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: August 15, 2019

PGBT lane widening project traverses west side

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FBTX ~ Drivers traveling the President George Bush Turnpike will see work underway to widen and improve the roadway between Interstate 35E in Carrollton and Belt Line Road in Irving, encompassing the stretch of the tollway that runs down the western side ...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Farmers Branch welcomes Tenet Healthcare with headquarters relocation

International Plaza

FBTX ~ With a great deal of excitement and anticipation, the City of Farmers Branch has announced that Tenet Healthcare Corporation has signed a long-term lease for the company’s new corporate headquarters, at International Plaza Building I in Farmers Bra...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: April 4, 2019

City Council takes landmark step towards ending child homelessness in Farmers Branch

Lonely teddy bear

FBTX ~ In line with the priorities of their strategic plan, and motivated by the recent Point-in-Time count, that identified 43 homeless C-FB ISD students living in Farmers Branch, the Farmers Branch City Council on Tuesday took a landmark step towards en...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: May 8, 2017

DEVELOPMENT: New mixed use project to replace big box at Inwood and Alpha

Bridgeview mixed use project photo

FBTX ~ After a great deal of negotiation, the Farmers Branch Economic Development Office has announced a new mixed use project for the corner of Alpha and Inwood Roads. 
    The new project on the 14-acre tract will include retai...
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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: October 19, 2016

NEW BUDGET: No property tax increase included in new fiscal year budget

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Following the October 1 start to the new fiscal year, Farmers Branch City Manager Charles S. Cox and his staff have embarked on executing the 2016-2017 fiscal year, $97 million City budget. Coming in about 1 percent lower than the previou...

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2016-17 fiscal year budget Economic Development & Tourism News

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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Updates to Library Circulation Policy

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The Library is excited to announce that effective January 1, 2021, physical materials (books, DVDs, periodicals, etc.) will automatically renew on all active accounts up to three (3) times. A three (3) day courtesy email notice ...

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Library Spotlight
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Online Library Card Application

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New library patrons can sign up for a library card by using the Online Library Card Application. Simply fill out the application, and bring you photo ID and proof of current address to the Circulation Desk to complete the process within 30 days. ...

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