City of Duncanville Wins Award for Annual Report

The City of Duncanville has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the city’s first ever Annual Report for fiscal year 2017-2018. GFOA awarded the city for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR Award).

View the 2017-2018 City of Duncanville Annual Report

FY17-18 Popular Annular Financial Report (PAFR)

The award represents a significant achievement by the city. In order to be eligible for the PAFR award, a government must also submit its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) to GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting program and receive the CAFR award for the current fiscal year. Each eligible report is reviewed by independent judges who evaluate the report based on the following categories: reader appeal, understandability, distribution methods, creativity, innovativeness and usefulness.

Congratulations to the 2019 Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy graduates! Fourteen Duncanville city employees from various departments graduated from the City’s annual Leadership Academy on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to recognize and develop upcoming leaders amongst the staff who exhibit qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence and positivity.

2019 Duncnaville Leadership Academy Graduates

Members of the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy

  • Esther Wright, Senior Code Enforcement Officer
  • Jose Torres, Crew Leader Streets
  • Stephanie Lott, Librarian
  • Duaine Mayo, Police Officer
  • Christopher McCaleb, Police Lieutenant
  • Ronald Wilcots, Police Lieutenant
  • Richard Jones, Fieldhouse Operations Supervisor
  • Derrick Downs, Crew Leader Utility Billing
  • Daisy Guillen, Court Clerk
  • Mike Forester, Crew Leader, Irrigation
  • David Dunn, Assistant Utilities Operations Manager
  • Angelica Garcia, Building Inspections Coordinator
  • Ervey Morales – Skilled Maintenance Worker Parks
  • Jimmy Shelley – Maintenance Worker Streets

The Leadership Academy is a one-year program that meets monthly for leadership training, which also includes city-related topics such as Introduction to City Values and Culture, Community Engagement, Council Relations, Strategic Planning, etc. Midway through the program, academy members divide into three groups and select a city-related project they are responsible for researching, developing, and implementing. The group projects for the 2019 academy program include:

  1. City University – Establish and implement a city-wide training and development program for employees
  2. Senior Center Expansion – Research and recommend expanded programs/services for the Duncanville D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
  3. Employee “Walk In Your Shoes” Day – Create a program where employees rotate through departments/divisions to learn/observe what each department does in the city

Finance Department Wins 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

GFOA CAFR Award

Due to the ongoing efforts of the Finance Department team, the City of Duncanville has earned the 2019 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The achievement recognizes outstanding work on the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and Duncanville has earned this award for 24 consecutive years. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

View the City of Duncanville FY17-18 CAFR

The GFOA established the CAFR Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of accounting principles and prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that display the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

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.

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.

FY17-18 Annual Report Now Available

The City of Duncanville Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY17-18) provides stake holders with a comprehensive overview of the community and local government activities that began October 1, 2017 and ended September 30, 2018. The Annual Report is based on audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) data, but is packaged in a more reader friendly format that is easy to digest. Print copies of the FY17-18 Annual Report will be available at City Hall mid-May.

Please let us know what you think of the City of Duncanville’s first Annual Report!

Duncanville Saves Approximately $800K in Bond Sale Related to $21.6M November Election

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 the Duncanville City Council approved the issuance of $20.735M in general obligation bonds at a rate of 3.12%, which is 3/10 of a percent lower than projected, saving the City approximately $800K over the life of the bonds. The bonds were sold at a premium, allowing for the City to realize the full $21.6M in project proceeds authorized by the citizens.  The bond issuance is a result of the November 2018 general election where Duncanville voters approved four bond propositions for various park, street, fire and facility projects. The low interest rate is credited to the City’s strong fiscal policies, experienced and stable city management, solid AA bond ratings and overall healthy local economy.

The rate is fixed over the life of the bond and represents a savings of approximately $40K per year as compared to projections. Funds are expected to be available in early March.

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