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Residents grapple with uncertainties, costs of flood control district

May. A time for graduations, Memorial Day picnics, and trips to 2949 North Stemmons Freeway to argue with the Dallas County Appraisal District.

Most Dallas County home owners receive two property tax bills, a city and a county notice that are based on appraisal values. But 900 Coppell homeowners receive a third bill from the Northwest Dallas County Flood Control District #1 (NWDCFCD). One of twelve special tax districts served by the Dallas Central Appraisal District, NWDCFCD has been a concern for Coppell residents since it filed for bankruptcy in 1992.

Some homeowners in the Riverchase development and portions of the Northlake Woodlands neighborhood worry that this extra tax burden is doing nothing more than paying interest on the remaining $8.4 million bond debt. Coppell resident Mike Wilcox recently raised concerns about a lack of transparency of the board and the financial details of the bond.

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