2022 General Election Early Voting Information

                                                                                     Early Voting
Date(s) Day of the week Time
Oct 24 – 28 Monday – Friday 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
Oct 29 Saturday 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
Oct 30 Sunday 12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
Oct 31 – Nov 2 Monday – Wednesday 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
Nov 3 – 4 Thursday & Friday 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
                                                                                     Election Day
Date(s) Day of the week Time
November 8 Tuesday 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM

Duncanville Voting Location

Duncanville Public Library

201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116

City of Duncanville Welcomes New City Secretary, Police Department Welcomes Familiar Chief Operations Officer

Duncanville, TX – The City of Duncanville is pleased to welcome Juanita “Janie” Willman as the new City Secretary.

Ms. Willman comes to the City of Duncanville with knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired during a career in Texas local government that dates back to January 1988. Her service to the citizens of Texas has spanned a number of municipalities over the past 34 years.

One of Ms. Willman’s several accomplishments in local government was serving as part of a neighborhood group that acquired a $1.2 million Community Model Blocks Grant using the City of Fort Worth’s competitive model blocks grant program. At the City of Fort Worth, she played an important role in the city’s Action Center, advocating for Fort Worth’s citizens to collaborate with the city’s traditional service structure.  She coordinated the Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women’s annual banquet honoring the most prominent women in Fort Worth and Texas.  She also wrote a bracket bill that became part of the State of Texas legislative program extending taxation funding for street reconstruction. As a volunteer member of a consortium of cities, Ms. Willman also represented Texas utility ratepayers in Texas utility rate-setting cases.

Ms. Willman will be taking over the position of City Secretary from Kristin Downs, who served the City of Duncanville in that position for the last four years. Ms. Downs will be moving to the Duncanville Police Department to serve as the new Chief Operations Officer.

“I am incredibly happy to pass the torch to her,” said Ms. Downs. “I believe she will be a tremendous asset to the City of Champions. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have worked in the City Manager’s and City Secretary’s offices for the past eight years. I cannot wait for our citizens and leadership to see our accomplishments in the Duncanville Police Department.”

In her new role, Ms. Downs will serve as the executive assistant to the Chief of Police, supervise the Police Records division, assist in the execution of internal and external department communications, help organize department events, and oversee community engagement.

She brings to the Department a unique understanding of governance and its role in creating a vibrant community. Her knowledge of records management, budget preparation, and agenda preparation will prove to be valuable resources for Police Administration. The Department will also benefit from Ms. Downs’ eight combined years of experience with the City as it continues to develop its professional administrative standards.

Chief Mark LiVigni, who has worked closely with Ms. Downs over the last several years, stated, “We have talented employees throughout our department. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to add Kristin’s gifts to the Police Department. She brings an incredible skillset and cognizance of municipal government that will advance the Department.”

“The transition to the Police Department is an incredible opportunity for Ms. Downs, and it reflects the City’s efforts to develop an organization that attends to the needs of our community,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “We are recognizing people with talent, skills, and knowledge and putting them in the best locations within our organization to have the most immediate and positive impact. We are also recruiting talented people. As Ms. Downs begins to positively impact our Police Department with her knowledge and enthusiasm, we are excited to have someone as accomplished as Ms. Willman assume the City Secretary role.”

Janie Willman and Kristin Downs will officially assume their new roles on Monday, October 3, 2022.


Duncanville City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget and Tax Rate

Duncanville, TX – On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the Duncanville City Council unanimously voted in favor of adopting its fiscal year 2022-2023 budget.

The all-funds budget, which includes enterprise departments, like the Utilities, Sanitation, and Capital Improvement budgets, as well as the core services provided by the General Fund, totals $100 million.

The General Fund budget is $37.4 million, and the Capital Budget includes $25 million in planned spending.

Council’s adopted budget incorporates the City Manager’s proposed budget and adds a new position to the Communications & Marketing department, an addition requested by Council.

Budget Highlights 

The largest portion of the General Fund budget – almost half (49%) – is allocated to Police and Fire. Twenty percent (20%) is allotted to Public Works, and the remaining 31% is distributed to Fiscal Services, Management, Parks and Recreation, Neighborhood Services, City Administration, and support services.

To address rising turnover and vacancy rates, 3% to 5% cost of living adjustments will be given to all staff, with lower paid tiers receiving 5% and upper tiers no more than 3%. Additionally, merit increases of up to 2% can be awarded for performance to staff beginning in January during the annual evaluation process.

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth labor market has become extremely competitive, and the city recognizes the need to recruit from beyond the Metroplex. A fuel stipend of $45 per month will be made available to full-time employees to assist with commuting and gas costs.

The budget also includes new positions, programs, and one-time projects such as:

  • Special Events Planner to focus on bringing more events to the City of Duncanville.
  • 2nd Assistant Police Chief for added leadership and strategic focus for the department.
  • Two part-time and one full-time Customer Service Advocates to be dedicated to providing residents with quality customer service both in person and by phone.
  • Replacement of Recreation Center gaming equipment; replacement of Senior Center audio equipment.
  • Additional Library materials for circulation.
  • Establish a Conservation Fund to allow for donations from the community for green space and conservation efforts.
  • Outdoor fitness equipment at Quail Run Park.
  • $100,000 dedicated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for construction of a dog park.
  • $25,000 for neighborhood revitalization – Economic Development funding matches for neighborhood landscape and entryway signage improvements.


Strategic Priorities 

The strategic priorities for the fiscal year 2022-23 are to Fix, Finish, and Forecast.

  • $450,700 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dedicated to one-time expenses to replace outdated IT network fiber and finish the implementation of enterprise systems.
  • $570,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for Public Safety enhancements such as body-worn cameras, a 2nd set of Bunker Gear for Fire, fire truck blocking apparatus to be shared with the other Best Southwest cities, security upgrades and cameras, Radar and Jamar traffic devices to help with speeding.
  • Added 2nd position to Communications & Marketing department to meet the growing demand for communications and marketing.
  • Establish a dedicated funding stream from the receipts of Mixed Beverage Tax ($85,000) to Street and Sidewalk CIP fund for sidewalk projects throughout the city.
  • Establish a Fire Inspection incentive program for current Fire staff to cover the workload demand for inspections. Inspections would be performed off-duty, meaning not during shift hours to ensure staff is not called away for emergencies during an inspection.
  • Establish a Meter Replacement Fund to have a source for replacement funding as needed.
  • $1,500,000 from Economic Development Fund towards revitalization of major retail shopping centers.

Impact on Taxpayers 

The approved property tax rate is $0.650460 cents per $100 of taxable value.  This is a reduction in the rate compared to the $0.700000 rate charged in 2021.

The average taxable value, per Dallas Central Appraisal District, for a Single-Family Residence is $207,110.  This is 19% higher than the 2021 taxable value of $173,715.  In 2021 the average tax for the city portion of the tax bill was $1,216.  At the adopted rate of $0.650460 per $100, the average city portion will be $1,347.  This is an increase of $131 for the year, or $10.94 per month.

At the same time, some of the City’s rates and fees, including garbage collection, water, and sewer fees, will rise for rate payers resulting from escalating costs from Dallas Water Utilities, for water, and Trinity River Authority, for sewer treatment, and Republic and Waste Management for garbage collection and landfill operations. In the new rate structure for Water and Sewer, a 10% discount will be applied to residents 65 years of age and older. Duncanville residents who qualify are invited to contact the Utility Customer Service Office in person or by telephone at (972) 780-5010, option 2 for assistance.

Taken together, the combined projected impact of tax, rate, and fee changes, for the typical ratepayer, is an additional $280.68 per year or $23.39 per month.

Tuesday’s approval of city tax and spending plans for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2022, comes after several months of meetings with Council, Town Halls, Hearings, and with the input of staff, Council, businesses, and residents of Duncanville.

The approved budget document will be published in September.


Notice About 2022 Tax Rates

Property tax rates in City of Duncanville.

This notice concerns the 2022 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: $0.599304/$100
This year’s voter-approval tax rate: $0.650462/$100

To see the full calculations, please visit the Tax Rate Calculation Worksheet.

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 Fund

General Fund

Debt Service




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

Principle or Contract Payment to be Paid from Property Taxes

Interest to be Paid from Property Taxes

Other Amounts to be Paid

Total Payment






Total required for 2022 debt service: $2,016,782

– Amount (if any) paid from funds listed in unencumbered funds: $0

– Amount (if any) paid from other resources: $0

– Excess collections last year: $2,765

= Total to be paid from taxes in 2022: $2,014,017

+ Amount added in anticipation that the unit will collect only 101.52% of its taxes in 2022: $-30,155

= Total debt levy: $1,983,862

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 08/11/2022.

Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you can easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax rates and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property.

The 86th Texas Legislature modified the manner in which the voter-approval tax rate is calculated to limit the rate of growth of property taxes in the state.

Tax Code Section 26.18

General Fund’s
Debt Service
Tax Rate Amount Tax Rate Amount
2020 Adopted 0.666163 $17,997,398 0.050689 $1,410,157
2021 Adopted 0.65541 $18,614,836 0.04459 $1,410,157
2022 Proposed 0.62512 $20,545,379 0.02534 $832,829

Duncanville City Council Approves Maximum Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2023

Duncanville, TX –  City Council held a Budget Workshop and Special Meeting on August 9, 2022, to discuss the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget.

“The City Council shall vote to consider a maximum ad valorem tax rate for the fiscal year 2022-2023. This vote is NOT to adopt a property tax rate; that vote will be scheduled for a later date. The vote to consider a maximum ad valorem rate is a statutory requirement, per Texas Tax Code §26.06, and is not a vote to consider adoption of a tax rate.”

Councilmember At-Large Patrick Harvey made a motion:

“Motion to approve a maximum tax rate of $0.650462 to be considered for fiscal year 2022-2023; and to establish a public hearing date for August 25, 2022 on the tax rate for fiscal year 2022-2023; this vote and rate is not to adopt a property tax rate but is a maximum rate which is required by the Texas Tax Code to be considered; the actual tax rate will be established after public hearing and vote of the City Council; staff is instructed to schedule and publish the required notices under the Texas Tax Code.”

District 2 Councilmember Don McBurnett seconded the motion. The vote was cast 7 for, 0 against. Item passed.

The City of Duncanville will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 6:00 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, TX 75116.

On August 25, 2022, City Council will call a Special Meeting for a Public Hearing on the Budget and Tax Rate, and on August 30, 2022, a Special Meeting to Adopt the FY 2022-2023 Budget will be held at 6:00 PM.


Runoff Election for Mayor on Saturday, June 18th

Early Voting

Monday – Friday June 6 – 10 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday June 11 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday June 12 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Monday – Tuesday June 13 – 14 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Election Day

Saturday June 18 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

Official Election Results and Swearing In Ceremony

Official May 7, 2022, General Election Results

TOTAL = Total votes | VOTE % = Percentage of Votes Cast | EV I-P = Early Voting In-Person | EVM = Early Vote by Mail | ED = Election Day | EV/ED Prov = Early Voting & Election Day Provisional


ERIKA BROWNING 707 24.41% 432 37 238 0
1,056 36.46% 645 93 312 6
LAVAUGHN WASHINGTON 79 2.73% 42 13 24 0
1,054 36.40% 642 88 321 3
Total 2,896 100.00% 1,761 231 895 9

Councilmember District 2

DON MCBURNETT (W) 288 50.70% 184 34 70 0
NANCY GUTIERREZ 280 49.30% 179 15 86 0
Total 568 100.00% 363 49 156 0

Councilmember District 4

493 74.58% 316 38 135 4
BRENDA O’BRIEN 168 25.42% 93 17 58 0
Total 661 100.00% 409 55 193 4

City of Duncanville Swearing-in Ceremony

City Secretary Kristin Downs swore in Councilmember Don McBurnett, District 2, and Councilmember Karen Cherry, District 4 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Regular City Council Meeting.

A Runoff Election for Mayor will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, for Mayor

Early Voting

Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, June 10, 2022 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Monday, June 13, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Election Day

Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.



May 7, 2022




ERIKA BROWNING 467 705      24.45%
MARK D. COOKS 738 1,050          36.41%
LAVAUGHN WASHINGTON 55 79            2.74%
BARRY L. GORDON 729 1,050           36.41%
Total 1,989 2,884 100.00%



DON MCBURNETT 217 287       50.62% (W)
NANCY GUTIERREZ 194 280        49.38%
Total 411 567 100.00%


KAREN CHERRY 354 489     74.43% (W)
BRENDA O’BRIEN 110 168       25.57%
Total 464 657     100.00%

 Dallas County Elections Department

PDF of Unofficial Early Voting Results / PDF of Unofficial Election Results

Election Day is May 7, 2022

The 2022 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 7th.  The slate of offices includes Councilmembers to represent Mayor, District 2 and District 4.  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.

Following is a list of Candidates:

  • Mayor
    • Erika Browning
    • Mark D. Cooks***
    • LaVaughn Washington
    • Barry L. Gordon **
  • Councilmember District 2
    • Don McBurnett **
    • Nancy Gutierrez
  • Councilmember District 4
    • Karen Cherry
    • Brenda O’Brien

**Denotes Incumbent Mayor or Councilmember

***Denotes Incumbent Councilmember Running for Mayor

To view the candidates contact information click here

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 7th to register in order to cast a ballot in the May election.  Voter registration cards may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.  For more information regarding voter registration, residents may contact the Dallas County Elections Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683).

Early voting will be conducted Monday, April 25, 2022 through Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

Monday, April 25th – Friday, April 29th:                  8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 30th                                                        7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1st:                                                              12:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 2nd – Tuesday, May 3rd:                    7:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.