Seeking Census 2020 Volunteers for Complete Count Committee

The City of Duncanville is seeking volunteers for the Census Complete Count Committee, which is tasked with activities that support and help Duncanville get the most accurate 2020 Census count. Activities include outreach efforts, connecting with and assisting traditionally hard-to-count populations, helping to promote Census jobs, increase awareness of the importance and benefits of responding to the census, and ultimately drive participation in the 2020 census to benefit our community.

Please complete an application and bring to City Hall by September 26th.

The initial meeting will be held on September 26 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Briefing Room

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Chasidy Allen Benson at callen@duncanville.com or call 972-707-3871.

Census 2020 Background

The City of Duncanville is excited to announce that we are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we will be working to make sure our community is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count.

The census counts everyone in the United States. Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year to support vital programs in states and communities across the country. These funds shape local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy.

As the 2020 Census approaches, we will continue to share information about how you can make sure our community is fully represented. Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV anytime to get the latest news.

2019-2020 Changes to Residential Solid Waste Rates, Collection

For details regarding the 2019-2020 Solid Waste Collection, please view the 2019-2020 Solid Waste Management Information Guide. Please visit the Trash Collection webpage  to answer any additional questions and to view the Frequently Asked Questions page. Individual maps are available on the Trash Collection webpage.

More details regarding the changes to residential solid waste rates and collection are available below.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your trash collection not answered here, contact Water/Wastewater Operations Assistant Manager David Dunn at (972) 780-5079. Republic Services provides trash collection to Residential and Commercial customers and can be reached at (972) 225-4207.

City Council Approves Solid Waste Contract, Increases Cost of Service to Align with Market Rates

Published July 26, 2019
On July 16, 2019, the Duncanville City Council approved a seven-year solid waste contract with Republic Services of Texas that will increase the amount that residents, property managers, commercial and industrial entities pay for trash, recycling and bulk/brush pick up service in Duncanville.

Under the existing contract with Republic Services set to expire in September, rates for solid waste had not been adjusted for 20 years with exception to Consumer Price Index increases. Over time, rising market rates and inflation have caught up with the cost to provide service in Duncanville. Additionally, due to a decline in the marketability of recycle materials, the cost to recycle no longer offsets the cost to collect recyclable materials.

The contract goes into effect September 21, 2019, and residents will incur an increase in cost of service for collection provided at the curb and alley.

The frequency and schedule of garbage and recycle pick up will not be affected, and support to the elderly and mobility challenged will continue as before. The most notable change in service affects the brush and bulk collection, which will occur once per month and is limited to four (4) cubic yards per pick up effective October 1, 2019. Residents will have a dedicated week each month to place bulk/brush items at the curb for collection. Additional bulk/brush can still be picked by Republic Services for a fee, but the resident is responsible for coordinating directly with Republic Services for removal and payment.

The new contract expands recycling program options by giving residents the ability to rent a 96-gallon rolling recycling cart from Republic for an additional $4.75 a month. However, due to a slump in recycling, Republic Services will no longer accept glass, juice boxes and carton-style milk and juice containers with a gable top as recyclable materials. The blue recycle bin will still be provided to residents free of charge for those who do not want the cart option. Small commercial entities will also have the ability to rent a recycling cart for an additional $18.50 a
month.

A Town Hall Meeting regarding the new solid waste collection contract, adjusted bulk/brush pick up schedule and recycling procedures is scheduled for August 29 at 6:30 pm at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Blvd. Look for more information in the mail in early September, including more details on recycling and brush/bulk collection. For questions regarding trash, recycling, bulk waste and brush collection, please contact Assistant Utilities Operations Manager David Dunn at 972-780-5079.

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

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.

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.