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Understanding the tax rate and the City's budget

Post Date:09/13/2019 11:16 AM

City Council held the first Public Hearing on the Tax Rate on Tuesday, September 10. The City Council adopted a maximum tax rate that may be set for 2019 at .5045, but has the ability to modify the rate until it is finalized on September 24. 

The Council will continue to discuss the budget and tax rate at the meeting on September 17 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. At this meeting, Council will also hold public hearings on both the tax rate and the budget to receive citizen input. City Council must adopt the budget and tax rate at the September 24 City Council meeting, the last meeting before the new fiscal year begins on October 1.  

For an overview on the proposed budget and tax rate, view the City Council Budget and Tax Rate document

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When looking at your total property tax bill, less than 20% of your tax dollars go to the City to pay for streets, public safety, water infrastructure, parks and much more. The proposed City tax rate increase from .4976 to .5045 (less than a penny) equates to a $2.82/month increase per $100,000 home valuation. These funds are critical to meet the growing demand for infrastructure and city services and to address the concerns voiced in the citizen survey. 

The 2019 citizen survey conducted in May 2019 recognized four top issues that need emphasis from city leaders including traffic management, transit system development, jobs/economic development and enhancements to downtown Pflugerville. The proposed budget includes a focus on long-term planning and transportation initiatives including Kelly Lane Phase 2 and Old Austin Hutto Road.

Long-term planning proposals in the proposed budget include a City-wide Comprehensive Plan, a Downtown Utilities Inventory and Location Analysis, an American Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition plan, a traffic signal study, and Phase 2 of a Drainage Master Plan. Transportation-related proposals include a pilot program with Capital Metro for limited transit services, design funds for several transportation projects, and additional funding for street repairs. Investment in an asset management software is also proposed to assist multiple city functions in managing the City’s infrastructure more efficiently.