OVILLA — After several workshops, the Ovilla City Council will look to adopt its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts on Oct. 1, at its Monday night meeting.
The proposed budget could address improvements to public safety, streets and city facilities.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday at City Hall, located at 105 S. Cockrell Hill Road in Ovilla.
The proposed budget is a break-even budget with revenues meeting expenses in the general fund. Income and expenses are estimated at $3,555,419, each, and the city has $1,922,965 in reserve, which equals 197 days of operation.
According to the notice of public hearing posted on the City of Ovilla website, the budget will raise more funds from property taxes than last year’s budget by $138,282 and, of that amount, 51.12 percent is tax revenue raised from new property added to the tax roll. The new property is projected to total around $70,686. The total property tax from the 2016-17 fiscal year budget was $2,123,317.
Ovilla City Manager John Dean said one of the biggest items on the budget is the Ovilla Drive and Suburban Drive street project. The total street reconstruction work is about 1.2 miles and has a cost of $270,000.
“Ovilla Oaks is one of the streets that is looking to be redone,” Dean previously said. “It is a mile long and hasn’t had any work done to it since it was put in 20 years ago.”
The proposed budget could also add a police officer position and a vehicle to the police department.
Dean explained that the addition of another officer to the department is due to the growth the city is experiencing. The new officer’s salary is budgeted at $39,728.
According to the city’s website, the police department currently has 12 sworn officers and a secretary.
He noted that the vehicle was planned for the department as part of the city's vehicle replacement program. The cost of the vehicle, outfitted with equipment, is budgeted at $57,350.
The major facility improvement the city has in the budget is to take the fire department, police department, and city hall buildings off of septic systems and connect them to the sewer system. This upgrade would require the installation of a sewer lift station, which moves wastewater from one elevation to another. This improvement costs $25,000.
In other business, the city council will:
• Consider adopting a tax rate of $0.68399 per $100 valuation.
• Consider implementing a records management policy that is consistent with the local government records act for efficient recordkeeping.
• Consider adopting a resolution for candidate nominations for the Dallas Central Appraisal District Board of Directors for 2018-2019.
• Discuss progress and receive updates on activities related to the Heritage Day celebration set for Sept. 23.
• Consider adopting a resolution repealing a resolution and rescinding authorization for the Red Oak Creek 12 inch water line installation project agreement between the city and FM Utilities.
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