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Over the past many months, the Coppell City Council worked diligently to ensure that Coppell maintains its high-quality services while also respecting residents' pocketbooks. At a special called meeting on September 15, City Council voted to approve a fiscal year 2020-2021 budget and tax rate of $0.5800 per $100 valuation. This tax rate is a decrease from the current tax rate, is below the no new revenue rate and will take effect on October 1, 2020.
"The 2020-2021 budget represents a 13% decrease [in expenditures] over our current year budget and that is in spite of the sales tax loss expected as a result of Rule 3.334 and, quite honestly, the very unexpected impact of COVID-19," said Councilmember Wes Mays. "This budget will allow the citizens of Coppell to enjoy a very high level of service for public safety, including our police, fire and EMS. It will also allow us to continue the maintenance of our public works for our streets, our trails and our infrastructure."
City of Coppell staff began scrubbing departmental budgets line-by-line in 2019, as a result of legislative action. The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 2, which adds restrictions to revenue sources, and the Comptroller of Public Accounts proposed Rule 3.334, which significantly negatively impacts the City's sales tax revenue. In order to mitigate the revenue shortfalls that will result from these changes – in addition to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – staff analyzed departmental budgets in depth to determine how to make the necessary expenditure reductions while maintaining the high level of quality city services Coppell has come to represent.
Other budget highlights include:
"At this time last year and in the last six months, I was afraid that we couldn't get from there to where we are today," said Councilmember Cliff Long. "With what we have, the efforts of the staff and the consent of the Council, we have done an excellent job of taking the revenue that we have and applying it in a proper fashion."
For more information or to review the budget, visit coppelltx.gov/budget.