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A residential water bill is calculated based on actual usage. The City has adopted water rates to recover the cost of providing water service to its customers. A $16.52 base amount is charged to all customers and includes 1,000 gallons of water. All consumption in excess of 1,000 gallons is charged based on a tiered rate structure.
Please visit this link to view the current tiered rate structure and an example of how a water bill is calculated
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The City’s 2022-2023 fiscal year tax rate is $0.65814 per $100 assessed valuation. Article V, Section 2 of the Mesquite City Charter states it is the responsibility of the City Council to set the tax rate. To calculate your city tax bill you must divide the taxable assessed valuation of your home by $100, and then multiply that figure by $0.65814. For example, John and Jane Citizen own an $100,000 home. Their city property tax is calculated as follows:
Please note this is the City’s portion of your annual tax bill, not your total tax bill.
The value of most property in Mesquite is determined by the Dallas Central Appraisal District (DCAD), a separate governmental agency authorized by the Texas Legislature. The City does not set the value of your home. However, DCAD does provide the City with your property value, so the City can then prepare a tax bill which can be forwarded to your mortgage company or your residence for payment.
Some properties in the City of Mesquite fall within the boundaries of Kaufman County. The Kaufman Central Appraisal District (KCAD), also a separate governmental agency authorized by the Texas Legislature, is responsible for setting the values for such properties.
The state laws of Texas set forth guidelines that regulate the amount of sales tax local governments can charge. Generally, all cities in Texas can collect a 1% sales tax on taxable sales within their jurisdictional limits. To increase this percentage, however, a local election must be held authorizing an increase in the sales tax percentage.
The City of Mesquite has increased its sales tax percentage twice. In fiscal year 1992-93, citizens voted to increase the sales tax rate from 1.0% to 1.5%. There was a corresponding reduction in the property tax rate to offset the increased sales tax revenues.
In fiscal year 1998-99, the citizens again voted to increase the sales tax percentage by an additional 0.5% percent, bringing the local sales tax option to 2.0%, the maximum percentage allowed cities under current state law. Revenue generated from this additional ½ cent must be used for Transportation Improvements, Public Safety Improvements and Public Parks and Recreation Improvements. This sales tax revenue is administered by the Mesquite Quality of Life Corporation after approval by the Mesquite City Council.
The State of Texas is responsible for determining its sales tax percentage.
The City’s 2022-2023 annual budget is $306,659,111.
The City of Mesquite's 2022-2023 garbage rate is $24.25 for twice weekly residential service, blue bag recycling and bulky item pick-up.
A residential sewer bill is calculated on actual usage subject to a maximum consumption level. The City has adopted sewer rates to recover the cost of providing sewer service to its customers. A $17.87 base amount is charged to all customers and includes 1,000 gallons of water. All consumption in excess of 1,000 gallons, up to a maximum of 8,000 gallons, is charged at a rate of $7.02 per 1,000 gallons
Please visit this link to view an example of how a sewer bill is calculated.
The residential Drainage Utility District fee is $5.00 per month per single family residence. The City's 2022-2023 commercial rate is 15 cents per 100 square feet of impervious area. This fee is used to meet federal storm water permit mandates and to fund drainage improvement projects throughout the city.
Interested parties may review a copy of the City's budget at several locations. There is a copy of the budget on file at the following locations:
The budget is also available in PDF format on the City of Mesquite website.