Fats, Oils, and Grease: It Doesn’t Stop at the Kitchen Sink

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG), the residue left over from cooking meats, such as bacon, that hardens after it cools can cause problems when poured down the drain and clog pipes in your home. This grease also clogs the sewer pipes under the street that takes the wastewater from your home to the treatment plant. When this occurs, wastewater will back up and come to the surface, polluting the environment. This allows untreated sewage to run into the streets and into our storm drains. This is not only a human health hazard but, since storm drains flow to creeks and rivers, can cause significant environmental damage and impact aquatic life forms. You can avoid unnecessary sewer repairs, expense and damage to the City sewer system by following a few simple rules.

Did You Know?

Duncanville residents can pick up free Fat Trapper Bags and can lids at the Duncanville Service Center, located at 330 Shady Trail, or at City Hall (Public Works Counter), located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd. (Please limit 5 per visit.)

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for E. Little & Greenstone Court

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, August 11, Friday, August 12, and Sunday, August 14, in the E. Little and Greenstone Court areas from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in these areas.

Residents living near these areas are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163 or visit www.duncanville.com.

See spraying map.

Equipment Services Receives New City Vehicles and Equipment

As a part of the FY2016 Budget, Equipment Services received approval to purchase several replacement vehicles and pieces of equipment, a few of which have already been received. The equipment received is one Toro Sand Pro bunker rake, to be used by the Parks Department, as well as two V-box sand spreaders and a concrete saw for the use of the Streets Department.  Vehicles received include three F-150 pickup trucks for the Equipment Services, Streets and Water Departments. One F-450 cab/chassis with a service body was also received for the Wastewater Department and one F-350 cab/chassis with a service body for the Water Department.  In addition, there are six new Patrol SUV Police Interceptors currently in the process of having police equipment installed.

These units are a vital part of the City’s operation and are essential in the day-to-day activities of the City. The vehicles and equipment are used in maintaining integrity of City streets, the quality of water, the flow of wastewater, and the protection of the citizens.  The bunker rake is used in maintaining the ball fields used by citizens and athletic associations.

There are a total of twenty-one vehicles and pieces of equipment being purchased this year. More deliveries are expected in the near future for the rest of the vehicles and equipment ordered.  If you have any questions regarding Equipment Services, please call Asa Low at 972-780-5062.

Notice of Tax Rate/Public Hearing

A tax rate of $0.758447 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  including  streets,  parks,  and municipal buildings and facilities.

PROPOSED TAX RATE                                         $0.758447 per $100

PRECEDING  YEAR’S TAX RATE                       $0.758447 per $100

 EFFECTIVE TAX RATE                                        $0.704578 per $100

ROLLBACK TAX RATE                                          $0.763848 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 2015 tax year and the 2016 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

www.duncanville.com

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

First Hearing: August 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm at 203 E. Wheatland,  Duncanville, TX.

Second Hearing: September  13, 2016 at 7:00pm at 203 E. Wheatland,  Duncanville, TX.

Sales Tax Revenue Update

Sales Tax is paid on the sales of certain goods and services. It is an important indicator of the financial viability of our community. Sales tax is one of the top revenue sources for Duncanville’s general City operations and makes up 24% of the current General Fund Revenue Budget. Duncanville shoppers pay a sales tax rate of 8.25%, which is $.0825 for every taxable $1.00 spent. Of the 8.25% total sales tax rate, 2.0% goes to the City and 6.25% goes to the State of Texas.

$715,881 – Duncanville Sales Tax Revenue for the month of July 2016

This is a 17% increase or $104,908 more than the same month last year (July 2015)

Where does the total 8.25% sales tax go?

6.25% State of Texas

1.00% Duncanville General Fund

0.50% Duncanville General Fund for Property Tax Relief

0.50% Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation

8.25% Total Sales Rate

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thrush Avenue Area

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, August 4, Friday, August 5, and Sunday, August 7, in the Thrush Avenue area from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in this area.

Residents living near this area are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163.

DCEDC Awards Incentive Grant

The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) recently presented Randy Gaubert, President of RPG Capital Management, LLC with a $75,000.00 incentive grant.  The grant was used to complete a screening wall, utility infrastructure, fire lane, and approach paving for Phase 2 and 3 of a medical/professional office development located at 407 W. Danieldale Road.  

Incentive grants are part of DCEDC’s Design Incentive Program that is aimed at helping businesses enhance their facades and improve their sustainability.  For more information on DCEDC or business incentives, please call the Economic Development Department at 972-780-5090. 

Pictured left to right are DCEDC Vice President Barry Gordon, DCEDC President Mark Cooks, RPG Capital Management, LLC President Randy Galbert, DCEDC Board Member Steve Dial, DCEDC Board Member Dr. Matt Murrah, and DCEDC Director Jessica James

 

Comprehensive Plan Kickoff

The Comprehensive Plan public engagement process is kicking off! Destination Duncanville is the City’s first comprehensive plan and a critical part of plan development will be the involvement of property owners, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders in the community. The development of the Comprehensive Plan will start ‘from the ground up’, meaning that community involvement will be the foundation of the plan. There are multiple ways to get involved and to give input to the planning team.

Input Boards – There will be input boards in the foyer of City Hall, at the Duncanville Public Library, the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, and the Fieldhouse for citizens to write down their vision for the future of Duncanville. It is an opportunity to share where you see Duncanville in the next 10 to 20 years. Does it look exactly the same? Is it different? This is a chance to provide candid thoughts on the direction the City should go.

Destination Duncanville Website – As part of the plan development process, a website has been created to disseminate information, gather input, and provide updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan. The website, DestinationDuncanville.com, will be the main source of information for those interested in keeping up on the status of the plan.

Community Survey – On the DestinationDuncanville.com website, is a community survey. The information in this survey will aid the planning team in becoming familiar with Duncanville, its strengths, and its weaknesses from the perspective of its everyday users. It will include questions about the importance of various quality of life aspects of the City and where the City should focus its energy and resources. This survey is voluntary, all information recorded will be kept anonymous and no record of individual responses will be transferred or implied. Your input is vital and greatly appreciated.

Community Wide Meeting – Perhaps the most important way to give input on the Comprehensive Plan is to attend the first community wide meeting that will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center. Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc. The goal of the meeting is to walk away with a basic understanding of what the community deems as important, issue identification, and to begin formation of the overall vision of the City.

The planning team will also be meeting with various stakeholders in the community to gain further insight into specific topics to be covered in the plan including economic development and Downtown. There will also be opportunities for citizens to provide input on their own through the Meeting in a Box. The Meeting in a Box is a box of resources to allow anyone to facilitate a meeting on their own and provide the feedback to the City. More information regarding the Meeting in a Box will be provided on the DestinationDuncanville.com website and the City website.

The Comprehensive Plan presents an opportunity to demonstrate that Duncanville residents, businesses and elected officials are committed to working together for the best possible future for our community. It is an exciting time for Duncanville and it will require everyone’s participation. Can we count you in?

Updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan as well as information on opportunities for public input will be provided on the City of Duncanville website as well as through the DestinationDuncanville.com website, the Spotlight Duncanville quarterly newsletter and The Champion monthly newsletter.

Back to School Bash

Join the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Staff for an afternoon of fun, on August 6th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s an end of summer party with bounce houses, games, prizes, and lots of fun! The event will take place at the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Center, located at 201 James Collins Blvd. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Recreation Center at 972-780-5070.