By Patty Montagno
Sachse City Council is asking citizens for early input and recommendations for the city’s 2015-’16 September budget. City Manager Gina Nash will present the proposed budget to council on August 3rd, and at that meeting, the council will schedule public hearings.
The mayor said he is hoping many city residents will be a part of the budget process.
“The more engaged the citizens are in the process, the more they understand and accept the result,” Felix said. “They usually offer good ideas. We want the citizens to be involved every step of the way.”
The tentative proposed budget is $14,674,400. Some of the numerous supplemental items still under discussion include an employee compensation study, several position reclassifications, repairs to the Senior Center, a drainage study, a backhoe loader, a Chevy 1500 regular cab pickup and Panasonic Touch book laptops.
According to Finance Director Teresa Savage, the Dallas and Collin County Appraisal District will certify the 2015 tax rolls by July 26th..
After the certifications, the County Tax Offices will compute the effective and rollback tax rates.
“At that time, city staff will be able to finalize revenue projections for the upcoming year and recommend a maximum tax rate,” Savage said. “When a proposed tax rate exceeds the rollback or the effective tax rate, whichever is lower, a vote to place a proposal to adopt the rate on the agenda of a future meeting as an action item is required. This vote must be recorded, the proposal must specify the desired rate, two public hearings must be scheduled and the public notified regarding the dates, times and place for the hearings.”
Tentative dates for the two public hearings are August 17 and September 1 at Sachse City Hall located at 3815-B Sachse Rd. Nash said the roll call vote does not commit council to adopt the proposed rate, but the final adopted rate cannot exceed this amount.
The average single family home market value in Sachse for 2015 is $207,444. That figure has increased by 17.08 percent from 2014. New construction values in the city for tax year 2015 total over $107 million.
August 3 – City Council meeting to discuss budget, preliminary tax rate, accept certified tax rolls, schedule public hearings. City manager to present full budget
August 11 SEDC Board to adopt budget
August 17 Budget Work session and public hearing
September 1 – Public Hearing – budget
September1 – Special City Council Meeting / or work session to discuss budget
September 14 – City Council meeting to adopt city budget, SEDC budget, tax rate
(must be a record vote)
October 1 – New fiscal year begins