The Mesquite City Council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2023-2024 budget on Aug. 21 to add more public safety personnel, more funding for street repairs and reconstruction, and additional services to serve the growing community.
The current budget increases the tax rate to 0.69000 per $100 of ad valorem value. Because of the need for additional revenues to accomplish the goals of the community, state law requires Mesquite voters to approve the tax rate since City revenue will increase by 3.5% or more over last year. Proposition A will be on the Nov. 7 Ballot for Mesquite voters to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposition.
The average homeowner will pay about $16 more per month in City taxes based on the average property value in Mesquite. The tax rate will not impact property owners who have qualified for the Age 65 or Older Homestead Exemption with their property appraiser.
Voter approval of Proposition A will provide revenue for the approved budget that allocates funds for:
Additional $1,237,000 in funding of city streets, alleys, road repair and reconstruction.
In recent community surveys, residents expressed that public safety and infrastructure are their top priorities
Funding to establish a Behavioral Health Division to continue funding of the Community Care Team and address homeless, youth programs and other community concerns.
4 additional Police Officer positions.
14 additional Firefighter positions.
Funding for new Fire Station No.8
Funding for competitive pay for all public safety.
Proposition A will read as follows on the Ballot:
CITY OF MESQUITE PROPOSITION A
Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.69000 per $100 valuation in the City of Mesquite, Texas, for the current year, a rate that is $0.05189 higher per $100 valuation than the voter-approval tax rate of the City of Mesquite, Texas, for the purpose of increasing staffing for the police department, increasing funding for equipment, construction and staffing for the fire department to open Station No. 8 Trinity Pointe, increasing funding for roadway construction and maintenance, establishing a Behavioral Health Division, enhancing city-wide services and competitive pay for public safety personnel. Last year, the ad valorem tax rate in the City of Mesquite, Texas was $0.65814 per $100 valuation.