FY21 Budget Advances Initiatives in Public Safety, Neighborhood Integrity, and Capital Projects
The Cedar Hill City Council will act this month on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget, which includes a reduction in the the property tax rate to $0.688102 per $100 valuation.
The proposed budget funds the services, infrastructure, and amenities that are the foundation to everyday life in Cedar Hill at a cost of less than $4 per day for the average homeowner:
- police response, fire protection, emergency medical services that keep us safe
- public parks and trails, library resources, and community events that connect us to our neighbors and bolster our physical and mental wellbeing
- building inspections, code enforcement, neighborhood support and services, and city planning to keep our buildings and neighborhoods safe and clean
- streets and public rights-of-way that reflect Cedar Hill’s character and allow us to travel safely to our destinations
- Support and services to help families and business respond to and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
In addition to maintaining current service levels, the FY21 budget continues to focus on the priorities identified by the City Council:
- Public Safety excellence and community relationships
- Implementation of the 2017 bond program (Parks, Library, and Streets/Drainage)
- Planning efforts like the downtown complete streets plan and the Comprehensive Plan
- Senior Livability
- Neighborhood Integrity and Engagement
“The City Council has intentionally and consistently maintained a stable tax rate for the last 10 years that is one of the lowest rates in the southwest metro area,” says City Manager Greg Porter. “Their dedication to maintaining a stable tax rate and fiscal resiliency means that Cedar Hill is well-positioned to weather the current uncertain environment while continuing to advance the community’s priorities.”
The City funds the budget through multiple sources of revenue. Property taxes make up about 55% of that revenue, with the remainder coming from sales and mixed beverage taxes, franchise fees, licenses and permits, charges for service, and other sources. Of total property taxes collected, about 70% come from single family properties; the remainder comes from commercial, industrial, multi-family, or other properties. The City’s economic development efforts are important to continue to provide tax relief to single-family homeowners by increasing the number and value of commercial properties in Cedar Hill.
The City Council will vote on the proposed budget and tax rate after holding a series of public hearings on Tuesday, September 22 beginning at 7 p.m. Public hearings will be held in person at the Cedar Hill Government or via telephone or video conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity of the meeting room will be limited to 25 people, and face coverings are required. View the meeting agenda and virtual access information 72 hours in advance here.
The proposed budget is available online and a printed copy is available at the City Secretary’s Office, 285 Uptown Blvd. View the notice of the 2020 proposed property tax rate here.