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Annual Budget Workshop rescheduled for Aug. 17
The annual Lewisville City Council budget workshop originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, has been rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 17, prior to the regularly scheduled Council meeting.
The meeting is being rescheduled because the City is waiting for a more complete property tax roll report from Denton Central Appraisal District. The property tax rate needed to fund the FY 2020-21 budget cannot be calculated until the tax roll is received. Lewisville’s current property tax rate of .443301 (44.3 cents per $100 valuation) is among the lowest in North Texas.
Due to the COVID-19 disease outbreak, this year’s workshop will be held by Zoom conference call, as temporarily permitted by order of Gov. Greg Abbott. The workshop is open to the public. Zoom links to the online public meetings will be included in the meeting agendas, which are published 72 hours before the meeting.
Based on projected revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 disease outbreak, City Manager Donna Barron directed all city departments to submit budget cuts totaling 10 percent of current-year operating expenses. Utility Fund reductions were calculated at 3 percent because water sales have remained steady during the outbreak response. Hotel Fund reductions were calculated at 25 percent because of severe negative impacts on hotels and the travel industry that are expected to last through next fiscal year. These cuts removed more than $8.75 million from the City’s General Fund budget.
A public hearing on the proposed FY 2020-21 budget, and approval of the budget, will be held on Monday, Sept. 14, prior to the regularly scheduled Council meeting.
A public hearing on the proposed FY 2020-21 tax rate, and approval of that tax rate, will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, prior to the regularly scheduled Council meeting.
Residents can view the proposed FY 2020-21 budget, and see all adopted budgets since 2008, on the Annual Budget page on the city website.