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

City Manager Seeks Citizens to Serve on Civil Service Commission

The City of Duncanville is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on the City’s Civil Service Commission. Currently, there is one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission which is comprised of three members appointed by the City Manager for a three-year term, subject to ratification by the City Council. The selected individual will be asked to fill a vacated position with term date beginning in October, 2016 and expiring in October, 2019.

The Civil Service Commission has the responsibility to adopt, publish and enforce rules pertaining to: examinations for entry level and promotional eligibility; procedures for appointment and certification; proper conduct of appeals of testing and examination scoring; prescribed cause(s) for the removal or suspension of a civil service employee; procedures for hearing of appeals concerning indefinite suspension, suspensions, promotional bypasses or recommended involuntary demotions; and other such matters reasonably related to the selection, promotion and discipline of civil service employees, which includes all sworn personnel in police and fire.

To be eligible to serve, one must be a U.S. Citizen over 25 years of age and of good moral character, a current resident of the City of Duncanville for more than three years, and not have held public office within the preceding three years. Applicants will be interviewed by City Manager Kevin Hugman.

Interested individuals are encouraged to forward a completed application to City Secretary Mary E. Jones, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280. A Civil Service Commission application may be obtained at City Hall or by visiting the City’s web page at For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

Click here for brochure.
Click here to download application.

Council Seeks Citizens to Serve on City Boards & Commissions

The Duncanville City Council is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in volunteering their service on one of the City’s boards or commissions. To be eligible to serve, one must be a resident of the City of Duncanville, and not be in arrears on City of Duncanville ad valorem taxes or fines or fees.

Applications are being accepted for the following Boards and Commissions:

  • City Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Sign Control Board
  • Duncanville Community & Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)
  • Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board
  • Duncanville Community Multicultural Commission
  • Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership
  • Tri-City Animal Shelter Advisory Board
  • Civil Service Commission

Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation members at the 2016 Boards & Commissions Banquet.

Applications will be accepted thru July 15, 2016. Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council. Appointments to the Boards and Commissions are then made in August by the City Council.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 15, 2016 to Mary Jones, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; or to; or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road.


Applications may also be obtained at City Hall. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

2016 Candidates’ Forum

On April 21, 2016, the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and Duncanville Rotary Club hosted the 33rd Annual Candidates’ Forum for Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees and City of Duncanville City Council and Mayor.

The series of five videos are presented below.

Video 1

Helen Peralta, President 2015-2016
Rotary Club of Duncanville

Video 2

Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees
Tom Kennedy – Incumbent – Place 1
Joe Veracruz – Candidate – Place 3

Video 3

City Council Candidates District 2
Gwenda Joyce Lowe,
Steven E. Rutherford – Incumbent

Video 4

City Council Candidates District 4
Lorraine Hood-Jack,
Dr. Ron Dotson M.D. – Incumbent

Video 5

City Council Candidates for Mayor
Mark D, Cooks,
David L. Green – Incumbent

Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership Seeks Members

Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership Seeks Members

The Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership is now taking applications for individuals interested in serving as a member. Created on February 3, 2015, the Partnership was formed to engage and develop a family-oriented community, with a brand focusing on the goal of “Duncanville as the Basketball and Sports Tourism Capital of Texas,” and create ways to engage citizens between 18-30 years of age to become involved in Duncanville. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month. Visit to download application. For more information, call 972-780-5043 or email:

Download application.

City’s General Election Day May 7, 2016

City’s General Election Day:

button-Election-DaySaturday, May 7, 2016

Preparations continue for the City election to be held Saturday, May 7th according to City Secretary Mary Jones.This year’s slate of offices includes:

  • Mayor
    • Mark D. Cooks | David L. Green*
  • Councilmember District 2
    • Steven E. Rutherford* | Gwenda Joyce Lowe
  • Councilmember District 4
    • Ron Dotson, M.D.* | Lorraine Hood-Jack

*= Denotes incumbent

List of Candidates for the May 7, 2016 General Election

All registered voters in the City of Duncanville will have the opportunity to vote for the Mayor position. Registered voters residing in Districts 2 and 4 will also have an opportunity to vote for their respective candidates.

Early Voting for City’s General Election Starts April 25, 2016

Early Voting for City’s General Election Starts:

Monday, April 25, 2016

Early voting will be conducted Monday, April 25, 2016 through Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

  • Monday, April 25 – Saturday, April 30: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Sunday, May 1: 1 PM – 6 PM
  • Monday, May 2 – Tuesday, May 3: 7 AM – 7 PM

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.