THE CITY OF DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS, ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR

September 24, 2021

The City of Duncanville is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Edena J. Atmore as Finance Director, effective September 16, 2021. She assumes this role after serving the City as Interim Finance Director since June of 2021. As Finance Director, Ms. Atmore will continue to report directly to Duncanville City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides.

“Ms. Atmore has been integral in helping to complete the City’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget,” said Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, Duncanville’s City Manager. “Her knowledge and expertise allowed for her to quickly acclimate to our City and assist in presenting a $62.6M Operating Budget and a plan for $6.6M in one-time projects to our City Council on time and ready to work for our community.”

“The Council and I are extremely pleased with the selection of Edena Atmore as Duncanville’s new Finance Director,” Mayor Barry L. Gordon added. “Over the past few months, she has delivered to us some of the clearest and most detailed budget and finance updates, which helped me and the Council make educated decisions and confidently approve the FY21-22 Budget.”

Ms. Atmore has over 30 years of experience in senior accounting and budgeting roles in the Municipal Government sector. She comes to Duncanville as a Certified Public Accountant, Public Finance Officer, Government Finance Officer, Public Manager, and Public Funds Investment Manager with a Master of Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration, and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant with the American Institute of CPAs.

Virtual FY 2021-2022 Budget Town Hall with Answers

Virtual FY 2021-2022 Budget Town Hall with Answers to Resident Comments and Questions

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, the Duncanville City Council held a Virtual FY 2021-2022 Budget Town Hall. During this Town Hall City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, Interim Finance Director Edena Atmore, and Budget Administrator Jennifer Otey presented the Proposed Budget.

Below the video of the Virtual Town Hall, you will find both questions asked during the Town Hall and the answers to each transcribed.

Q:  How many professional advisors and/or consultants such Freese & Nichols are projected to work for the City in 2021-2022?

Jennifer Otey, Budget Administrator (answered after the meeting’s conclusion): The City anticipates using 20 consultants/advisory firms city-wide.  The City uses consultants and advisors to perform professional services such as CIP design work, annual reports, and services for compliance of mandates, and for services staff cannot do because of lack of expertise or resources. The use of consultants can vary based on need, and not all are guaranteed to be used during the year.

Q: Are there any trends to highlight how property taxes have increased year-over-year because of demographic changes, because there are more residents moving into the city?

Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, City Manager: Property tax trends. As far as our property tax in the North Texas area you will find that values have increased. In fact, if you heard in the beginning, we talked about Senate Bill legislation that was enacted. It actually capped the amount of revenue cities are able to obtain. If you look at this year’s trend you’ll see that our values are increasing – our residents may not be increasing as much in Duncanville, but our values have been increasing throughout the North Texas area.

This year we are seeing about a 10% increase in overall property values in the area. So, that has been a trend that has followed all over the metroplex. So, when you look at your overall values, that’s the number one thing for us.

Q: With regards to the investments, I saw there was a decrease in terms of returns. Is that outsourced to a fixed-income shop or fund management shop that takes care of that for the City?

Edena Atmore, Interim Finance Director: We invest our funds in accordance with the best practices in course for the Public Funds Investment Act. A large part of those investments for the interest rates, because the Fed rate has decreased tremendously in the last year since the pandemic. We’ve seen a decrease in the amount of interest we’re earning off our investments.

We’ve partnered with investment advisors. We have investment advisors called Valley View Consulting and we partner with them in managing that portfolio. So, they may do some solicitations in it and guide us on investments. Then we make the decision and actually do the transaction with their guidance. So, yes, it’s a partnership between us and Valley View Consulting.

Notice About 2021 Tax Rates

Updated 8-12-2021

NOTICE ABOUT 2021 TAX RATES

Property Tax Rates in CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

This notice concerns the 2021 property tax rates for City of Duncanville. This notice provides information about two tax rates used in adopting the current tax year’s tax rate. The no-new-revenue tax rate would Impose the same amount of taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. In most cases, the voter-approval tax rate is the highest tax rate a taxing unit can adopt without holding an election. In each case, these rates are calculated by dividing the total amount of taxes by the current taxable value with adjustments as required by state law. The rates are given per $100 of property value.

This year’s no-new-revenue tax rate:
This year’s voter-approval tax rate:

$0.673838/$100
$0.702073/$100

To see the full calculations, please visit www.DallasCounty.org for a copy of the Tax Rate Calculation Worksheets.

Unencumbered Fund Balance

The following estimated balances will be left in the unit’s accounts at the end of the fiscal year.

These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt obligation.

Type of Fund
General Fund
Debt Service Fund

Balance
10,945,525
1,326,788

Current Year Debt Service

The following amounts are for long-term debts that are secured by property taxes. These amounts will be paid from upcoming property tax revenues (or additional sales tax revenues, if applicable).

Description of Debt

Principal or Contract
Payment to be Paid
from Property Tax

Interest to be Paid
from Property Tax

Other
Amount
to be Paid

Total Payment

Debt

755,000

726,757

0

1,481,757

Total required by 2021 debt service

– Amount (if any) paid from funds listed in unencumbered funds
– Amount (if any) paid from other resources
– Excess collections last year

= Total to be paid from taxes in 2021
+ Amount added in anticipation that taxing unit will collect only 100.84% of its taxes in 2021
= Total debt levy

$1,481,757

$71,200
$27,600
$106,310

$1,276,647
$-10,635
$1,266,012

This notice contains a summary of actual no-new-revenue and voter-approval calculations as certified by John R. Ames, PCC, CTA, Tax Assessor/Collector on August 4, 2021.

Duncanville Finance Department Receives GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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(Chicago, Illinois) — Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to announce that the City of Duncanville, Texas, has received GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This has been presented to the City of Duncanville Finance Department.

There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Awarded to the City of Duncanville

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada

(Chicago, Illinois)—Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Duncanville for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019. The report 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 report.

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.

Notice of 2020 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate

Property Tax Rates in City of Duncanville

This notice concerns the 2020 property tax rates for City of Duncanville.  This notice provides information about two tax rates.  The no-new-revenue tax rate would impose the same amount of taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years.  The voter-approval tax rate is the highest tax rate a taxing unit can adopt without holding an election.  In each case, these rates are calculated by dividing the total amount of taxes by the current taxable value with adjustments as required by state law.  The rates are given per $100 of property value.

This year’s no-new-revenue tax rate:    $0.698961
This year’s voter-approval tax rate:$0.721852

To see the full calculations, please visit www.dallascounty.org for a copy of the Tax Rate Calculation Worksheets.


Unencumbered Fund Balances

The following estimated balances will be left in the taxing unit’s accounts at the end of the fiscal year.  These balances are not encumbered by corresponding debt obligation.

Type of FundBalance
General Fund$8,019,986
Debt Service Fund$1,327,409

Current Year Debt Service

The unit plans to pay the following amounts for long-term debts that are secured by property taxes.  These amounts will be paid from upcoming property tax revenues (or additional sales tax revenues, if applicable).

Description of DebtPrincipal or Contract Payment to be Paid from Property TaxesInterest to be Paid from Property TaxesOther Amounts to be PaidTotal Payment
Debt Service$720,000$763,632$0.00$1,483,632
Total required for 2020 debt service $1,483,632
-Amount (if any) paid from funds listed in unencumbered funds 56,075
-Amount (if any) paid from other resources35,000
-Excess collections last year27,274
=Total to be paid from taxes in 2020$1,365,283
Collect only 100.48% of its taxes in 2020-6,522
=Total debt levy$1,358,761

This notice contains a summary of the no-new-revenue and voter-approval calculations as certified by John R. Ames, Tax Assessor Collector on August 20, 2020.

2019 Novel Coronavirus: Duncanville Preparedness & Response

March 16, 2020

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation.  Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The five cases include:

  • One man in his 40’s, one man in his 50’s, one woman in her 50’s, one man in his 60’s, one man in his 70’s
  • All are self-isolating at residences and are not hospitalized
  • Three cases are residents of the city of Dallas, one is a resident of the city of Farmers Branch, and one resides out-of-state
  • 4 cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel
  • 1 case is likely from local community spread 

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread among the five cases we are reporting today. I am in consultation with the mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners. We will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Dallas County has now reported 19 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website.


March 14, 2020


March 13, 2020
Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported five (5) additional presumptive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in Dallas County to eight (8). Last night, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a local disaster for public health emergency and has issued a community gathering order effective today at 11 am. Judge Jenkins has requested that the mayors in Dallas County cities issue a local declaration in support of the county’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.  To that end, Mayor Gordon issued an order mirroring the Dallas County order this morning, as allowed by state law.

ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS (SUMMARY)
DATE ORDER ISSUED: March 12, 2020
The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, the Dallas County order prohibits community gatherings of 500 persons or more anywhere in Dallas County beginning at 11 a.m. on March 13, 2020, and continuing seven days through 11:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020. For all other gatherings, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to this Order, including canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 250 persons. Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly urges high-risk individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to cancel, reschedule, or not attend events that will have or will likely have 10 or more people.

Duncanville Facilities and Community Events, Programs & Classes Impacted

In order to protect the health and welfare of our employees and residents, the City of Duncanville has made the following immediate modifications in order to address the growing health concerns:

  • The D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through the end of March, which is subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 situation.
  • Recreation Center and Library operations will continue as usual, and classes and programs are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All senior activities are canceled until further notice.
  • The Recreation Center’s ‘Princess Tea Party’ event scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.
  • The Library’s ‘Touch A Truck’ event on March 18 has been canceled.
  • Large events occurring in the near future at the Fieldhouse will be canceled based on the Dallas County declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency threshold for community gatherings.

The City’s Event Calendar will be updated appropriately, so please check the status of events, classes and programs to stay informed.

Duncanville ISD’s Spring Break is next week, and the school district has extended Spring Break by one week and canceled all extracurricular activities starting Friday, March 13.

The Duncanville Chamber of Commerce has postponed the ‘Flavor of Duncanville’ event that was scheduled for Thursday, March 19 and have not announced a new date at this time.


March 12, 2020
The health, safety and well-being of our community and employees is of paramount concern, and the city continues to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) activity and is prepared to respond appropriately if Duncanville is impacted.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency responsible for providing information and guidance regarding COVID-19 to the City of Duncanville. The Duncanville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management are actively engaged with daily calls and communication with DCHHS and other partners to ensure Duncanville has the latest updates and information regarding the evolving public health threat.

The city is taking precautions to help mitigate the spread of germs at public facilities.

If possible, we encourage residents to use online tools and other resources for self-service needs. For example, residents can report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the homepage, and pay utility bills online at https://duncanville.dpnetbill.com or by phone: 844-608-6680. For general questions or concerns, please call City Hall at 972-780-5000 or peruse the city website. Follow the city on Facebook and Twitter for the latest new and information updates.

City facilities in Duncanville have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing efforts through the COVID-19 public threat period, including Duncanville City Hall, Duncanville Public Library, Duncanville Recreation Center, D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center, Duncanville Fieldhouse and public restrooms at City parks.

Disinfection activities at facilities includes:

  • Increasing the cleaning and disinfection efforts in all city facilities
  • Disinfecting communal equipment multiple times a day
  • Re-filling soap and antibacterial dispensers daily
  • Posting the DCHHS 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ document in English and Spanish at the entrance to all city buildings and in public restrooms
  • City employees have been asked to assist with regular disinfection of workstations and public areas
  • Public restrooms at parks are cleaned and sanitized appropriately

For more information regarding COVID-10, please visit DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php or CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

2019 Duncanville State of the City

On January 16, 2020, the Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Celebrate Duncanville: State of the City event at Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately 200 attendees from various businesses and community organizations came together to celebrate Duncanville’s progress over the past year, including awarding Duncanville’s Man and Woman of the Year, as well as the Mayor’s Choice Award for two local businesses.

The State of the City presented by Mayor Barry Gordon shares community highlights and city accomplishments for the year.

State of the City Video

The Mayor’s speech and PowerPoint presentation is also available in its entirety.

Mayor’s Speech & Presentation

2019 Duncanville Man and Woman of the Year

Man of the Year was awarded to Duncanville Police Officer Doug Sisk, pictured center with Mayor Gordon and wife Marlyse.
Woman of the Year was awarded to community visionary Betty Dunn, pictured with husband Weymond.

2019 Mayor’s Choice Award: Businesses

Redbird Skateland
Quality Aspirators

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).

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