By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
The city of Killeen is considering a possible annexation of Texas A&M University-Central Texas, with discussions slated to start at its workshop today.
If the new campus is annexed, the acquisition would extend city limits by about 672 acres. The property is located at the southwest intersection of Clear Creek Road and South Fort Hood Street.
While state universities are exempt from property taxes, the city could stand to benefit economically.
"Obviously there are expected economic impacts as the university grows, including property tax and sales tax revenue," said Hilary Shine, Killeen's executive director of public information.
The council is also set to examine the remaining chapters of its comprehensive plan, which include chapters on mobility, housing and neighborhoods and implementation. The council previously agreed to examine several chapters at a time in a series of workshops.
There is no date set for adopting the plan. Following the meeting, the council could decide to put it on the agenda for more discussion or voting, Shine said.
The council is meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Utility Collections building in the large conference room, 210 W. Avenue C. The meeting comes after a one-week hiatus when most councilmembers left town from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27. for an annual Washington, D.C., lobbying trip.
Mayor Tim Hancock and all of the councilmembers, except for Juan Rivera, went on the trip to lobby for grants and earmarks. City Manager Connie Green and Assistant City Manager Glenn Morrison were in attendance as well.
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