Mesquite, TX – October 4, 2021 – The City of Mesquite will host three public information meetings for its 2021 Tax Election on Oct. 7, 7 p.m. at the Florence Recreation Community Room located at 2501 Whitson Way, on Oct. 14, 7 p.m. at the Rutherford Recreation Center Senior Activity Room, located at 900 Rutherford Drive and on Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 757 N. Galloway Avenue. For details on the 2021 Tax Election visit www.cityofmesquite.com/2021TaxElection.
The City’s new budget includes additions for public safety, city streets and cybersecurity. Additions include 15 new police and fire positions, more funding for street and alley maintenance and better protection of electronic data. While the property tax rate will remain the same as last year, because of increased property values, the City will see increased revenues. This is how the City proposes to pay for these additional services. State law requires that Mesquite voters approve this year’s tax rate which exceeds the 3.5% voter-approval tax rate. Proposition A will be on the November 2 Ballot for Mesquite voters to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposition. Early voting is Oct. 18 - 29.
The proposition is expressed on the official ballot as follows:
CITY OF MESQUITE PROPOSITION A
Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.70862 per $100 valuation in the City of Mesquite, Texas, for the current year, a rate that is $0.04302 higher per $100 valuation than the voter-approval tax rate of the City of Mesquite, Texas, for the purpose of increasing fire and police staffing levels and competitive pay for fire and police personnel, and increasing funding for alley and street maintenance. Last year, the ad valorem tax rate in the City of Mesquite, Texas, was $0.70862 per $100 valuation.