The Copperas Cove City Council will consider a draft proposition for the November election to change the city’s Economic Development Corporation into a Municipal Development District at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The item, submitted by Councilman David Morris, would formally abolish the ailing EDC in favor of the district, which would give the city greater leeway in using sales tax revenue for initiatives apart from business attraction and retention.

The move to an MDD has been a topic of discussion for the council for more than a year.

After Cove City Manager Andrea Gardner folded EDC staff into the city administration Oct. 1, the EDC board of directors has been independently operating as conversation of the corporation’s dissolution swirled.

“As someone who works in economic development on a daily basis, I see no down-sides to an MDD,” City attorney Charles Zech said in October. “It allows for a greater range of economic development, and it takes away a lot of red-tape because it costs time and money for an EDC to do all of the bylaws and statutes that don’t exist with an MDD.”

Other business

The council will consider a lease agreement with Hill Country Community Action Association to operate a Head Start program facility at 1105 Leonhard St.

The city previously had a 20-year agreement with the the association for the operation of Head Start, but a renewal agreement floundered in 2016.

The new lease agreement would be on a three-year term, according to a council memorandum.

The council’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Economic Development Corporation, 210 S. First St.

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