Misleading Representation Regarding Water Quality

The original article was posted February 20, 2019. The company resurfaced on community social media feeds again in mid June 2019, and now in August 2019.

The City of Duncanville’s water is safe to drink, but opportunists are trying to convince residents otherwise.

The City of Duncanville has received several reports regarding recent social media posts from a company called “Test My Water”. The posts target unsuspecting residents with sensational claims and graphics about water, then offers free in-home water tests. The company works through third party vendors to provide water tests, who then up-sell residents with water filtration products and services.

“Duncanville water is tested daily throughout the city to ensure safety, and our drinking water exceeds all county, state and federal drinking water standards,” said Public Works Director Greg Ramey. “Duncanville residents should be wary of anyone trying to sell products or services that are not initiated by the homeowner.”

Duncanville drinking water continues to be rated as “superior” by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. For more information regarding water quality, or to have a City of Duncanville Water Utilities professional test your water, please call 972-780-4900.

This company and related partners are not working on behalf of the City, and do not have permission to use the City logo, letterhead or other City branding. Residents are encouraged to be careful with online advertising from “Test My Water” and other unsolicited water filtration businesses.

The drinking water alerts first surfaced a couple years ago, and several cities have published warnings about the activity:

Haltom City: https://www.haltomcitytx.com/public-works-news-events/2728-scam-alert-regarding-water-quality-tests-september-12-2018

Garland: https://www.garlandtx.gov/548/Scam-Alerts

Neighborhood Park Community Meetings

What’s in Your Neighborhood Park?

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board wants to hear from you! What do you like about our parks? What do you want to see improved in our parks? What amenities are you looking for? In September we will be gathering community input for the neighborhood park master plan. Please join us as we discuss the future of our parks!

Meeting Location, Date & Time

Pyburn Park
915 Astaire Avenue, 75137
Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm

Quail Run Park
325 N Greenstone Lane, 75116
Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 pm

Waterview Park
1700 Whitecliff Drive, 75137
Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm

Chris Paris Park
1300 Caravan Trail, 75116
Monday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 pm

Can’t make the meeting for your neighborhood park? Please contact our Parks and Recreation department at 972-780-5070 or  parksandrec@duncanville.com. More locations will be announced soon.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: August 23, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, August 23, 2019

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: August 16, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, August 16, 2019

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: August 9, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, August 9, 2019

Notice of 2019 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate

A tax rate of $0.743447 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Duncanville. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

The governing body of City of Duncanville proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of funding ongoing maintenance and operations of the City including police and fire protection, streets, parks, public library, and municipal buildings and facilities.

PROPOSED TAX RATE                              $0.743447 per $100
PRECEDING YEAR’S TAX RATE             $0.748447 per $100
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE                              $0.686452 per $100
ROLLBACK TAX RATE                             $0.751442 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for City of Duncanville from the same properties in both the 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year.

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that City of Duncanville may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.

YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100

For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact:

John R. Ames, PCC, CTA
Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector
1201 Elm Street, Suite 2600, Dallas TX
214.653.7811
TNTHELP@dallascounty.org

Proposed Tax Rate Public Hearings

You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate:

First Hearing: August 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, TX.

Second Hearing: September 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, TX.

Notice of Public Hearing on the City of Duncanville 2020 Budget

A Public Hearing on the City of Duncanville 2020 Budget   will be held on August 20, 2019 at the regular City Council Meeting starting at 7:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers located at 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, TX 75116.

THIS BUDGET WILL RAISE MORE TOTAL PROPERTY TAXES THAN LAST YEAR’S BUDGET BY $1,474,908 OR 8.52%, AND OF THAT AMOUNT, $108,841 IS TAX REVENUE TO BE RAISED FROM NEW PROPERTY ADDED TO THE TAX ROLL THIS YEAR.

Library Announces 2019 Summer Reading Club Winners

Duncanville Public Library Summer Reading Club participants Aliyah Jones, Jacqueline Solis, Jaedon Wilhite, and Abigail Sanchez are the grand prize winners of Kindle Fire tablets, courtesy of The Friends of the Duncanville Public Library.

All the winners, Aliyah, 6, Jacqueline, 9, Jaedon, 14, and Abigail, 15, reside in Duncanville. Kids and teens who completed the 20-hour reading log were entered in the grand prize drawing. The four winners were randomly selected out of 702 kids and teens who completed reading logs this summer.

A Universe of Stories was this year’s Summer Reading Club theme, and the library offered 75 free programs. Each year, the Duncanville Public Library hosts the summer reading club to provide incentives to encourage kids and teens to read over the summer. Studies show participation in summer reading programs enables children to maintain essential reading skills during their summer vacation. And, as a result, they are better prepared for the upcoming school year.

For more information about the library and its programs, visit www.duncanville.com/library or call 972-780-5050.

                    

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: August 2, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, August 2, 2019

Wintergreen Road Project Ground Breaking Ceremony

Dallas County along with the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Dallas are partnering to improve Wintergreen Road from Main Street and Wintergreen Road intersection to 1300 feet east and

Duncanville Road from intersection to 900 feet south in order to enhance mobility within the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville. Wintergreen Road and Duncanville Road are critical parts of the Cities Master Thoroughfare Plans.

The Wintergreen Road Project consists of constructing four new lanes of concrete pavement, a new bridge at Stewart Branch Creek, 4 (10-ft X 8-ft) box culverts on Duncanville Road, and storm drainage improvements. A traffic signal will be installed at the Main Street intersection. 1300 linear feet of 96 inch Water Main Transmission will also be installed as part of the project for Dallas Water Utilities. In addition, the project includes wider sidewalks, bike lanes in both directions along Duncanville Road, a trail along west side of Duncanville Road and Windmill Hill Preserve parking improvements. The Project limits are from Main Street and Wintergreen Road intersection to 1300 feet east and from intersection to 900 feet south on Duncanville Road.

Construction begins in August of 2019 and will complete in the summer of 2021. The engineering consultant was Dal-Tech of Dallas, Texas and the general contractor for construction is Texas Standard Construction of Dallas, Texas.

The project amount is $10,820,118. Funding is being provided by Dallas County, Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Dallas, and North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Toll Revenue.

For additional information on this project, please contact Ted Andargie, P.E., Dallas County Project Manager, at Tewodros.Andargie@dallascounty.org or 214-653-6435.