Voters approved the City of Mesquite’s Proposition A measure that will provide funding for roadway and alley reconstruction, additional police officers, a new fire station, staffing and equipment to operate the fire station, and a new Behavioral Health Division.
In recent community surveys, street maintenance and public safety were ranked by citizens as the biggest issues Mesquite will face in the next five years. Sixty-six percent of residents stated maintenance of city streets was a very high priority while 64 percent said quality police and fire services was a high priority.
In August, the Mesquite City Council unanimously approved the City’s 2023-24 budget that necessitated an increase in the tax rate of $0.03186 per $100 ad valorem value. State law requires voter approval of the tax rate increase due to the additional revenue exceeding the tax cap of 3.5 percent.
According to preliminary results, voters approved the measure by 63 percent.
“We are grateful for the support of our residents for Proposition A, which will allow us to address many needs and be ready for growth in the community,” said City Manager Cliff Keheley.
The canvassing of election results will be placed on the Nov. 20 City Council agenda. For more information, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/elections.