Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

Read the Agenda https://bit.ly/3lKpimU

Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

Read the Agenda https://bit.ly/3lKpimU

Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

Read the Agenda https://bit.ly/3lKpimU

Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

Read the Agenda https://bit.ly/3lKpimU

Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

Read the Agenda https://bit.ly/3lKpimU

Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

Read the Agenda https://bit.ly/3lKpimU

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.

The City of Duncanville Announces a Proposed Tax Rate Decrease for Fiscal Year 2022

The City of Duncanville staff has proposed a tax rate of $0.700000 per $100 of property value for City Council’s consideration. The proposed rate decrease is -2.35% ($0.016852) less per $100 of property value.

Dallas County calculates Duncanville’s tax rates and provides the City with two. The first is a “No-New Revenue” rate, which is a rate that provides the City with no increase in revenue. The second is a “Voter Approval” rate, the highest the City may adopt without an election.

Both the “No-New Revenue” ($0.673838 per $100) and “Voter Approval” ($0.702073 per $100) tax rates are still less than the City of Duncanville’s current rate of $0.716852.

Last week the City of Duncanville released a notice announcing a Public Hearing on a Tax Increase. The Tax Increase announced online and in the local papers is due to the rising property values within our City. Average home values have increased 6.15%, varying from property to property, which may increase the amount paid in taxes despite a lower tax rate.

The Duncanville City Council will consider adopting the proposed tax rate decrease at an August 31, 2021 meeting.

Proposed Tax Rate Decrease

Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

Read the Agenda https://bit.ly/3lKpimU

Duncanville City Council Adopts Juneteenth as a City Holiday

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DUNCANVILLE, TX – On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the Duncanville City Council considered a resolution to establish Juneteenth as a city-observed holiday. The item was added to the meeting agenda at the request of Mark D. Cooks, Councilmember for Duncanville District 4. After a presentation by the City’s Human Resources Director, which included data on the percentage of Texas cities currently observing (4.8%), considering observing (54.0%), and not observing (41.3%) Juneteenth, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt June 19th as the City’s 12th recognized holiday.

Juneteenth commemorates the date of June 19, 1865, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state. Two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, General Order No. 3, which stated “all slaves are free,” was read on Texas soil signaling the freedom for the state’s 250,000 enslaved people. On June 17, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed legislation making June 19th a federal holiday in the United States.

“I was pleased to make the motion and join the rest of the Council in a unanimous vote to adopt Juneteenth as an official City holiday,” said Councilmember Cooks. “It’s my hope that our community and staff will reflect upon Black history in America and its contribution to our City of Champions. I also hope the takeaway from that reflection gives us purpose to work toward continued freedom and economic prosperity for individuals of all races and cultures. And that we all can work together to improve upon this nation’s promise for current and future generations.”

Duncanville will begin officially observing the holiday on Monday, June 20, 2022.