Water Rate Increase

Water Rate Increase

ALL CHANGES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2022

On August 16, 2022, the Duncanville City Council approved Ordinance 2230R, increasing the water and wastewater rates effective October 1, 2022. The charts below reflect the new water and wastewater rates for both residential and commercial customers.

RESIDENTIAL WATER RATE CHANGES

Gallons Used

Current

Change

Senior Discounted

0-1000

2000-7000

8000-15000

16000-30000

31000+

$14.00

$3.76

$4.85

$5.98

$7.09

$15.82

$4.25

$5.48

$6.76

$8.01

$14.24

$3.82

$4.93

$6.08

$7.21

RESIDENTIAL SEWER RATE CHANGES

Current Fixed

Current Variable

Change Fixed

Change Variable

Senior Discount

Senior Variable Discount

$19.25

$8.22

$20.79

$8.88

$18.71

$7.99

These changes are per one thousand gallons and based on a winter month average. 

COMMERCIAL WATER RATE CHANGES

Gallons Used

0-1000

2000-7000

8000-15000

16000-30000

31000 and Above

Current

$14.80

$3.38

$4.41

$5.45

$5.45

Change

$15.82

$3.82

$4.98

$6.16

$6.16

COMMERCIAL SEWER RATE CHANGES

Current Fixed

Current Variable

Change Fixed

Change Variable

$9.07

$9.07

$9.80

$9.80

Why the increase? A general increase in water and wastewater treatment costs from Dallas Water Utilities and the Trinity River Authority; the cost to provide water and wastewater services exceed revenues; aging infrastructure in need of critical repairs.

The City of Duncanville will begin offering discounts for residents 65 and older, with proof of age, beginning October 1, 2022.

For more information, please contact the Utility Customer Service Office in person or by telephone at (972) 780-5010, option 2.

Texas Department of Emergency Management Opens Damage Survey

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Duncanville, TX – On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, both Dallas County and the State of Texas issued Disaster Declarations in the aftermath of the prior day’s storm event that caused flooding and property damage. Neither declaration is a guarantee of funding to those impacted. The State, however, is in the process of compiling data on all damage that occurred as a result of the storm to determine if the loss threshold level meets the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) requirements for Federal Assistance. FEMA must first declare a disaster before funds can be made available to impacted residents.

Damages can be submitted to the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) Damage Surveys found at:

https://damage.tdem.texas.gov/

All affected residents are encouraged to report damages from Monday’s flood event using the State’s iSTAT survey. Submitting damages through the survey does not guarantee funding or repair assistance; it is simply adding each damage claim to the State’s total to see if the loss threshold is reached.

It is recommended that damage be reported to the property owner’s insurance company.

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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

Balance

15,268,747

1,385,475

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

Debt

1,290,000

726,782

0

2,016,782

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
Maintenance/Operations
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

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.

Preparations Begin for 2021 City Officers Elections

Election Day is May 1, 2021

The 2021 City Officers election will be held Saturday, May 1st.  Duncanville voters will go to the polls to elect the Councilmember At Large, and Councilmembers to represent Districts 1, 3, and 5 for the upcoming two-year term.

The first official day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, January 13th. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12th.  Candidate filing packets are now available in the City Secretary’s office.

City qualifications for candidacy include:

  • Qualified voter;
  • Resident of the State of Texas for one year;
  • Resident of the City and district for six months; and
  • Hold no other public office.

All registered voters in the City of Duncanville may vote for the Councilmember At Large.  Residents of Districts 1, 3, and 5 may vote for their respective candidates. Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 1, 2021 to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 1st election.  Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-8683. Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary Kristin Downs at (972) 780-5017.  Election details will also be available at www.duncanville.com.

COVID-19 RELIEF: HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The following is information about rental, mortgage, and utility assistance programs available to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Housing
Assistance Program (EHAP)

CAREs Act Heart House

The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) provides short-term rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to low income Dallas County residents living outside of the City of Dallas economically affected (loss-reduction of income) by the spread of COVID-19.

EHAP will continue for 90 days into the new year. To learn more about the program:

Eligibility for EHAP:

  • Must reside outside the city of Dallas but within Dallas County;
  • Currently not receiving housing assistance through another entity;
  • Household income is less than 80% of AMI; and
  • Must have suffered an economic impact due to COVID-19.

DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
214-819-1968
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CT)


Texas Department of Housing and Community Affair’s Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps eligible Texas tenants, who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction, stay in their homes and provides landlords with an alternative to eviction. If both the tenant and landlord agree to participate in the TEDP and meet the requirements in the chart below, the TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

  • Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
  • The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump-sum payments are provided to landlords for rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP)

Starting in 2021, Dallas County will be participating in the TERAP. Households may contact our HHS team (214.819.1968, EHAP_DCHHS@dallascounty.org) for more information about how they can apply through Dallas County for assistance.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Dallas County Health and Human Services Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Website and Announces Mass Vaccination Site

This post has been updated on January 15, 2021 to include the FAQ for the Fair Park COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site and DCHHS Vaccine Registration Hotline (see below).

Today, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) opened up a COVID-19 vaccination registration and pre-screening site for Dallas County residents in phase 1A or 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). While vaccine supply is extremely limited, DCHHS anticipates receiving additional supply in the coming weeks and months. The registration website is for vaccination eligibility only at DCHHS, and not for all providers within Dallas County.

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2020 Councilmember District 2 Runoff Election Dates and Voting Locations

November 3, 2020 General Election Results

Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Vote Centers were utilized on Election Day. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).

Official Election Results

COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 2 Early Votes Election Day Votes Vote Totals
Don McBurnett 885 85 970
Hector Sifuentes 802 159 962*
Misty Bain 894 119 1,014*
       

*Provisional vote

Runoff Election Announced

A runoff election between candidates Don McBurnett (incumbent) and Misty Bains has been scheduled with early voting set to begin Monday, November 23rd and continue to December 4th. Election day will be Tuesday, December 8th.

Early Voting Dates Hours
November 23rd – November 25th
(Monday through Wednesday)
8 AM to 5 PM
November 28th
(Saturday)
8 AM to 5 PM
November 29th
(Sunday)
1 PM to 6 PM
November 30th – December 2nd
(Monday through Wednesday)
8 AM to 5 PM
December 3rd – December 4th
(Thursday and Friday)
7 AM to 7 PM
Election DayHours
Tuesday, December 8th 7 AM – 7 PM

Polling Places

(click the link for address and directions)

ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ARISE CHURCH

BRANDENBURG INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

BYRD MIDDLE SCHOOL

CENTRAL ELEM SCHOOL

DANIEL SR INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

DUNCANVILLE’S FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

DUNCANVILLE HS PERFORMANCE HALL

DUNCANVILLE LIBRARY

FAIRMEADOWS ELEM SCHOOLREED MIDDLE SCHOOL

City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing in September

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s waste water system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke that you may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber. In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. Should smoke enter your home or business, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew, who can check the sewer lines around your home or business to help determine the source of the smoke.

To prevent smoke from entering your home or business, make sure that all drain traps (also called “U Joints” or “P Traps”) in your home are filled with water by pouring water in the drain. A filled drain trap will keep smoke out of your home or business. Make sure air conditioning units run within several hours of the testing to ensure that the condensation drain trap is filled with water.

Work crews from BURGESS & NIPLE will be conducting the sewer inspections over the next few days. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements on your property. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes. BURGESS & NIPLE personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

Photographs will be made of leaks occurring in the system. We anticipate the smoke testing will require a few hours in your area. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing is being used to improve the quality of your wastewater collection system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact:

The City of Duncanville 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027

Prueba de Humo del Sistema de Drenaje Sanitario de la Ciudad de Duncanville

La Ciudad de Duncanville ha contratado a BURGESS & NIPLE de Austin, Tejas para realizar una encuesta sobre pruebas de humo en porciones del sistema de drenaje de Duncanville. Este examen implica la abertura y la inspección de bocas y de las líneas de la alcantarilla, que están situadas principalmente en servidumbres, pero se pueden situarse en calles. Una tarea importante del examen será la prueba del humo de las líneas de la alcantarilla para localizar roturas y defectos en el sistema de alcantarilla. El humo que usted puede ver venir de las pilas de ventilación en casas o agujeros en la tierra es inofensivo, tiene poco olor y no crea ningún riesgo de incendios. El humo no debe entrar en su hogar a menos que usted tenga plomería defectuosa o sumideros secos. Si ocurre esto, usted debe consultar a un fontanero licenciado. En cualquier caso de que el humo inofensivo entrara a través de la plomería defectuosa, el potencial existe para que los gases peligrosos de la alcantarilla incorporen su hogar o negocio. Si el humo ingrese su hogar o negocio, por favor contacte a un trabajador de Burgess & Niple para que pueda revisar las líneas de la alcantarilla alrededor de su hogar o negocio y para ayudar a determinar la origen del humo. Para prevenir la entrada de humo a su hogar o negocio, asegurarse de que todos las trampas del drenaje en su hogar se llenan con agua vertiendo el agua en el drenaje. Al llenar las trampas del drenaje con agua se podre mantener el humo fuera de su hogar o negocio. Cerciórese que aires acondicionado funcione por varias horas durante la prueba para asegurarse de que la trampa del drenaje de la condensación está llena de agua.

Trabajadores de BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. conducirán inspecciones de la alcantarilla en los próximos días. Los trabajadores pueden necesitar acceder las bocas de la alcantarilla en servidumbres de utilidad en su propiedad. Cuando estas líneas requieren una investigación, tendrán que acceder a las servidumbres de alcantarillado. Personal uniformados de BURGESS & NIPLE llevan credenciales de identificación. Dueños de casa no necesitan estar presentes y por ningún motivo, los trabajadores no tienen que entrar a su hogar o negocio.

Se tomarán fotografías de los fugas en el sistema. Anticipamos que la prueba del humo durar unas pocas horas en su área. Se le agradece su cooperación. La información obtenida de esta prueba será utilizada para mejorar la calidad de su sistema de drenaje sanitario.

Para más información:

La Ciudad de Duncanville – 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027


COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

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Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation Establishes Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

Duncanville, Texas – The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has established a Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The DCEDC has agreed to fund $250,000 for the program to assist Duncanville businesses.  

The program is offering grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to aid small businesses with fewer than 20 employees enduring economic hardships due to COVID-19. The grants are provided on a reimbursement basis and can be used for normal operating expenses and payroll. Businesses must have been operating in Duncanville by November 14, 2019, in order to apply for assistance.

“Small businesses are the heart of our community, and the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer this program to help our small businesses recover from the negative effects caused by the pandemic,” said DCEDC President Steve Dial. “The DCEDC’s goal is to help provide small businesses with assistance in addition to the grants offered by the federal government and other organizations to help bridge the revenue gap created while many of them were forced to close.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to announce the establishment of a recovery initiative for our Duncanville small businesses,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation board of directors created a means to provide financial assistance to help weather the economic impact of COVID-19. What’s especially important about this program is that the monies available come directly from the city. This means the application process is managed locally. I commend the DCEDC board of directors for their creativity and concern for our small businesses.”

Applications will be accepted from May 12, 2020 – June 1, 2020.  Businesses can fill out an application online or print one off and submit it to the Economic Development Department at the Duncanville City Hall located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, Texas 75116. The DCEDC Board will review the applications and award grants based on the economic impact to the community.

For more information and to apply for the Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program, visit www.DuncanvilleEDC.com or call 972.780.5090.

2020 UNOFFICIAL GENERAL ELECTION – EARLY VOTING RESULTS

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Vote Centers were utilized on Election Day. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).

UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

EARLY VOTING ONLY

COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 2 EARLY VOTING
Don McBurnett 879
Hector Sifuentes 803
Misty Bain 891
Total  2,573

PDF of Unofficial Election – Early Voting Results

Dallas County Elections

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.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

SBA Ofrece Asistencia de Desastres a los Negocios y Residentes del Estado de Texas afectados por Tormentas Severas e Inundaciones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred Aug. 22 – 25, 2022, announced Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Governor Greg Abbott on Sept. 13, 2022.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties in Texas.

“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Texas’s small businesses and residents impacted by the severe storms and flooding,” said Administrator Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “Beginning Monday, Sept. 19, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help each individual complete their application,” Garfield continued. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated below until further notice. No appointment is necessary.

DALLAS COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Samuell-Grand Recreation Center

6200 East Grand Ave.

Dallas, TX  75223

Opens 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19

Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

DALLAS COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Balch Springs Recreation Department

4372 Shepherd Lane

Balch Springs, TX  75180

Opens 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19

Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.04 percent for businesses, 1.875 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Nov. 14, 2022. The deadline to apply for economic injury is June 14, 2023.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Préstamos federales de desastre a bajos intereses están disponibles para los negocios y residentes del estado de Texas que se vieron afectados por las tormentas severas e inundaciones que ocurrieron del 22 al 25 de Agosto de 2022, anunció la Administradora Isabella Casillas Guzman de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios (SBA por sus siglas en inglés). SBA decidió bajo su propia autoridad declarar un desastre en respuesta a la solicitud del Gobernador Greg Abbott recibida por SBA el 13 de Septiembre de 2022.

La declaración de desastre hace que la asistencia de la SBA esté disponible en los condados de Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall y Tarrant en el estado de Texas.

“El equipo impulsado por la misión de SBA está listo para ayudar a los negocios pequeños y residentes de Texas impactados por las tormentas severas e inundaciones,” dijo la Administradora Guzman. “Estamos comprometidos a proporcionar préstamos de desastre federales lo más rápido y eficientemente, con un enfoque centrado en el cliente para ayudar a los negocios y las comunidades recuperarse y reconstruir.”

“Préstamos federales de desastre a bajos intereses están disponibles para negocios de cualquier tamaño, la mayoría de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas, dueños de casas e inquilinos que sufrieron daños o destrucción en su propiedad por el desastre,” dijo Tanya N. Garfield, Directora del Centro Oeste de Operaciones de Terreno para Desastres de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios. “A partir del día Lunes, 19 de Septiembre, representantes de SBA estarán disponibles en los siguientes Centros de Promoción y Asistencia para Préstamos de Desastre para responder a sus preguntas sobre el programa de préstamos de desastre, explicarles el proceso de la solicitud y ayudar a cada persona a completar su solicitud,” agregó Garfield. Los centros estarán abiertos los días y horarios indicados a continuación hasta nuevo aviso. No es necesario hacer una cita.

CONDADO DE DALLAS

Centro de Promoción y Asistencia para Préstamos de Desastres

Samuell-Grand Recreation Center

6200 East Grand Avenue

Dallas, TX  75223

Se abre a las 9 a.m. Lunes, 19 de Septiembre

Lunes – Viernes, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

CONDADO DE DALLAS

Centro de Promoción y Asistencia para Préstamos de Desastres

Balch Springs Recreation Department

4372 Shepherd Lane

Balch Springs, TX  75180

Se abre a las 9 a.m. Lunes, 19 de Septiembre

Lunes – Viernes, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Negocios de cualquier tamaño y organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas pueden obtener préstamos hasta $2 millones de dólares para reparar o reemplazar bienes inmuebles, maquinarias y equipos, inventarios y otros activos. Además, SBA puede prestar fondos adicionales a negocios y dueños de casas para ayudar con el costo de mejoras para proteger, prevenir o minimizar que el mismo tipo de daños no ocurran en el futuro.

Para los pequeños negocios, las pequeñas cooperativas agrícolas, los pequeños negocios involucrados en acuacultura, y para la mayoría de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas de todos los tamaños, SBA ofrece Préstamos de Desastre para Pérdidas Económicas para ayudar a cubrir las necesidades de capital del trabajo causadas por el desastre. La asistencia para pérdidas económicas está disponible independientemente de si el negocio ha sufrido algún daño físico en la propiedad.

Los préstamos de desastres disponibles para dueños de casas pueden ser hasta $200,000 para reparar o reemplazar su residencia principal. Dueños de casas e inquilinos pueden solicitar hasta $40,000 para reparar o reemplazar su propiedad personal dañada o destruida.

Las tasas de interés de los préstamos pueden ser tan bajas hasta 3.04 por ciento para negocios, 1.875 por ciento para organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas y 2.188 por ciento para dueños de casas e inquilinos por plazos de hasta 30 años. Los montos y términos de los préstamos son establecidos por SBA y se basan en las condiciones financieras de cada solicitante.

Los interesados pueden llenar una solicitud en línea, recibir información adicional sobre asistencia de desastres y descargar la solicitud de préstamo en https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. También pueden comunicarse al Centro de Servicio a Clientes para Asistencia de Desastres de SBA marcando (800) 659-2955 o enviar un correo electrónico a disastercustomerservice@sba.gov para obtener mayor información. Para las personas con discapacidades auditivas o del habla, favor de marcar 7-1-1 para tener acceso al servicio de retransmisión de telecomunicaciones. Las solicitudes completadas en papel deben enviarse por correo a U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

La fecha límite para solicitar un préstamo por daños físicos es el 14 de Noviembre de 2022. La fecha límite para solicitar un préstamo para pérdidas económicas es el 14 de Junio de 2023.

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Sanitation Rate Changes Effective October 1, 2022

On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the Duncanville City Council adopted the fiscal year 2022-2023 Fee Schedule, which includes a rate increase for services provided by Republic Services for solid waste pickup and Waste Management for landfill disposal services. As stated in their contract, Republic Services may request an annual increase based upon changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Fee increases, while managed by the city, are a pass-through expense from the provider to the customer.

The new rates listed below will go into effect on October 1, 2022.

SERVICE

CURRENT RATE

NEW RATE

AN INCREASE OF

Curbside service for single-family and duplex dwellings

$ 24.36

$27.04

$2.68

Alley service for single-family and duplex dwellings

$30.54

$33.90

$3.36

Curbside service for multi-family dwellings

$24.36

$27.04

$2.68

Alley service for multi-family dwellings

$30.54

$33.90

$3.36

Service for commercial accounts by residential trucks

$31.51

$39.70

$8.19

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your trash collection not answered here, contact Assistant Utilities Superintendent David Dunn at (972) 780-5079. Republic Services provides trash collection to Residential and Commercial customers and can be reached at (972) 225-4207.

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.

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.

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City of Duncanville Extends Condolences to the Family and Friends of Anne Green

Duncanville, TX – Mayor Barry L. Gordon, members of the City Council, staff, and Duncanville residents wish to offer their condolences to the family and friends of Virginia Anne Green, who passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

“I, and my wife, are deeply saddened by the news of Anne’s passing,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Though not a public figure, she has left an indelible mark upon this world and our community. We appreciate her for both her 32 years of service as a teacher of Arts and History and for sharing her husband, former Mayor David Green, with the City of Duncanville.”

The former Mayor and Mrs. Green recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, she and her husband raised two daughters, Julie Hargrove and Laurie Jones, and became the proud grandparents to four girls: Hannah, Rachel, Reagan, and Grayson.

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Gunfire in Duncanville

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

August 26, 2022

Duncanville, TX – On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at approximately 2:45 PM, the Duncanville Police Department responded to a call for service regarding shots fired, between two vehicles, in the area of East Freeman Street and South Main Street. Officers responded to the scene and did not find any shooting victims or suspects. Officers discovered minor property damage to a building and a vehicle and recovered several cartridge casings.

Due to the proximity to several schools, and as a precautionary measure, the Duncanville Independent School District Police Department placed four schools on “lockout” for approximately thirty minutes. A “lockout” is a procedure implemented by the school district that disallows entry in or out of the schools. The schools returned to normal operations once the initial investigation determined there were no active threats in the area.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111, extension 4.

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Duncanville Crews Respond to Aerial Sewer Crossing Failure

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Duncanville, TX Duncanville, TX – The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on August 24, 2022, in the City of Duncanville wastewater collection system, caused by weather conditions and heavy rainfall from early the same week. The overflows affected Bentle Branch Creek from the 300 block of Softwood Drive to the 300 block of Lakeview Circle.

City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a wastewater discharge over the threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the Sanitary Sewer Overflow completely resides, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe. There has been no observation of any fish kills to date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect and test samples in the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses, including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

For more information, contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at (972) 780-4900.

Duncanville Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

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Duncanville, TX – The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred in the City of Duncanville wastewater collection system on August 22, 2022, caused by weather conditions and heavy rainfall. The overflows affected Mauk Branch Creek and are located near:

700 block of Forest Circle
400 block of S. Alexander
400 block of Falling Leaves

City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a wastewater discharge over the threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the sanitary sewer overflow completely resides, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe. There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect and test samples in the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

For more information, contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at (972) 780-4900.