Fiscal Year 2016-17 Proposed Budget Overview

The City of Duncanville is in the process of adopting a new budget for the FY 2016-17. A proposed budget has been developed by staff with direction from City Council and input from citizens of Duncanville. The City Council will now consider the proposed budget at upcoming public hearings and may adopt the proposed budget with or without changes as they desire. The proposed budget focuses on three main goals:

1. Support the City Council’s strategic priorities and ensure continuing and cost-effective, quality service delivery. The proposed budget is what will define the business of City staff for the next fiscal year and therefore, it is extremely important to align the available resources with the priorities established by City Council.

2. Utilize sound financial principles. The proposed budget has been constructed within the context of multi-year financial planning, analysis of the economic environment and trends, and adherence to recommended financial practices and principles such as fund reserve balances and cost accounting methods.

3. Maintain expenditures within expected revenues. The proposed budget is structurally balanced; meaning ongoing operating expenditures are held below expected, ongoing revenues, and fund balance reserves are not used to fund ongoing operations. The proposed budget does not anticipate a tax rate increase and maintaining or lowering the tax rate is a priority consideration when developing the budget.

The City’s budget must reflect the needs of the community. On January 12th of this year, a Town Hall meeting was held in the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center with more than fifty citizens in attendance. Following a budget overview presentation, attendees provided input on what they believed the City should spend more, less, or the same money on and prioritized their responses. The results were highly considered in the creation of the proposed budget and include:

• Less money spent on legal fees. The proposed budget has reduced legal fees by as much as 50% from the amounts spent in FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015.
• More Economic Development initiatives will be possible with an expected 174% increase in the Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) Fund Balance achieved in part through cost savings in bond refinancing. These are funds then available for incentive opportunities.
• Construct more on-road and off-road walking and bicycle trails in Duncanville using a Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Trail Master Plan that will guide future priorities and budget efforts.
• Adequate funding for street maintenance to include an additional $1,000,000 proposed to be set aside to “pre-fund” 2018 and subsequent years’ maintenance needs.
• A continued safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration at Armstrong Park in 2017.
• Increased average wages for Fire/Police Departments to be more competitive with our surrounding markets plus security enhancements for the Police Department.
• Enhanced branding for the Senior Center including a sign reflecting a new name along with interior renovations to the facility.

There is still time for Duncanville citizens to voice their opinion before City Council considers a vote on the proposed budget. A second of two Public Hearings will be held during the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at the Duncanville City Council Chambers located at 203 E. Wheatland Road.

The Duncanville City Council will consider approval of the FY 2016-17 Proposed Budget during the Tuesday, September 20th City Council Meeting.

Click here for complete FY 2016-2017 Proposed Budget Book

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