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As part of the budget process each year, the Coppell City Council reviews applications and presentations from local service organizations seeking monetary assistance from the City. Presentations from a handful of service organizations were given to the Council at the July 12, 2018 Budget Workshop.
For fiscal year 2018-2019, the City Council is considering requests in the amount of $218,759. Organizations asking for assistance include the Coppell Arts Council, the Coppell Chamber of Commerce, Metrocrest Services, the Coppell YMCA and Woven Community Clinic (formerly Metrocrest Community Clinic). The funding requests range in values from $5,000 to $90,000.
"Coppell is a small community, and we're not big enough to provide our residents with a lot of the services offered by local non-profits," said Councilmember Gary Roden. "We partner with these non-profits to ensure that our residents are given access to these vital services that improve the quality of life in Coppell. These groups offer services to our residents that we cannot cost effectively offer."
If approved by the City Council, the funding assistance will go toward programs that have a direct impact on Coppell residents. The YMCA requested assistance to expand the number and range of programs offered to the community. The YMCA's plan includes programs such as healthy cooking classes, free or subsidized swim lessons, and diabetes prevention classes that will increase the health and quality of life of residents. Likewise, Metrocrest Services is requesting funding to aid Coppell families in need.
City Council is also considering requests to further the arts in Coppell. Requests included funds for equipment for the Coppell Community Orchestra to allow the organization to increase the quality of their performances to attract more talent and widen the range of local audiences with a passion for orchestra and music. The Coppell Arts Council also requested assistance to expand the variety of artwork that is displayed around the City to ensure that there are impactful pieces that all residents can enjoy.
Some of the requests, however, have potential for a high monetary return on investment for the City. The Coppell Chamber of Commerce has requested funding to help in its efforts to connect with larger organizations that are headquartered in Coppell. The Chamber outlined a plan to help these organizations with workforce development, transportation and networking that will help local businesses grow and expand. An increase in the workforce and the attraction of new businesses will in turn increase revenues to the City in the form of sales and property taxes.
"In order to truly be a Family Community for a Lifetime, we have to be able to serve all of our residents and stakeholders, no matter their level of income or access to assistance" said Councilmember Wes Mays. "The funding requests that we approved for fiscal year 2017-2018 amounted to approximately .3% of the total General Fund budget, but the services that these organizations provide has a far greater value. These services benefit everyone in the community, and I'm extremely proud that we are able to help these groups grow and run smoothly."
About the City of Coppell Budget:
The City of Coppell continues to see positive economic indicators in all areas of finance, including the recently reaffirmed AAA bond rating, growth in the tax base and surging sales tax receipts primarily due to thriving distribution centers and business parks. Expenditures, revenues, and reserves have been managed efficiently and proactively for many years, resulting in appropriate fund balances and a strong financial position.
"The City of Coppell is in a great financial position," said Mayor Karen Hunt. "City staff continue to do a fantastic job managing our public monies. We are very fortunate to live, work, and play in a city that places a high value on community and quality of life while focusing on maintaining what we have built."
The City of Coppell works diligently to be fiscally responsible and transparent, and the City continuously receives accolades from outside agencies regarding its financial planning and prudent budgeting practices. The City strongly encourages residents to get involved, attend public meetings and provide feedback on the proposed budget.
For more information about the FY2018-2019 budget, contact the Finance Department at 972-304-3691 or visit coppelltx.gov/budget.