NOTICE: Utility customers with auto-draft payments set from Aug. 15 to Sept. 11, 2020 may be receiving overdue balance calls. Customer Service has identified and corrected an issue that affected auto-draft bill pay during the noted timeframe. If you had auto-draft payments during this time period, please check to confirm payment was made. If the payment was not deducted, make a one-time payment.
All registered users of online bill pay will receive a notification about this issue via email on Sept. 11, 2020. If you have further questions, please call Customer Service at (940) 349-8700.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, City Council and several Boards and Commissions meetings will have a remote format through a video-conferencing interface, and will use the temporary Rules of Procedure amendments that were adopted during the March 31 Council meeting. Meetings will be streamed online, broadcast on the Denton Television cable channels, and available on-demand on the Public Meetings page.
How to Comment on Agenda Items for Virtual Meetings
To accommodate and receive input on agenda items, citizens will be able to participate in the following ways. (NOTE: Except for public hearings, citizens may only comment once per agenda item and cannot use both methods to comment on a single item. Public comments are not held for work session reports.):
- Virtual White Card – Before a meeting, the agenda will be posted on this page and a link to the Virtual White Card, an online comment submission form, will be made available under the "Upcoming Virtual Meetings" heading on this page. Within this comment form, citizens may indicate support or opposition and submit a brief comment about a specific agenda item. Comments may be submitted up until the start of the meeting, at which time, the Virtual White Card form will be closed. Similar to when a citizen submits a white card to indicate their position on the item, these comment forms will be sent directly to City Council members and recorded by the City Secretary.
City Council Members review comments received in advance of the meeting and take that public input into consideration prior to voting on an agenda item. The Mayor will announce the number of Comment Cards submitted in support or opposition to an item during the public comment period. Comments will not be read during the meeting. The City Secretary will reflect the number of comments submitted in favor/opposition to an item, the registrant’s name, address, and (summary of) comments within the Minutes of the Meeting, as applicable.
- By phone – Citizens wishing to speak over the phone during this Council meeting, may call (940) 349-7800 beginning 30 minutes prior to the meeting start time. Comments by phone will be accepted until the item is opened for discussion by the Council. When the call is initially received, a staff member will receive the caller’s information and either: 1) offer to call the citizen back when it is time for them to speak, or 2) record the caller’s information, support or opposition, and comment. If the caller chooses to record their support or opposition, rather than speaking during the meeting, the Mayor will announce the number of comments submitted in support or opposition to the item. If the caller wishes to receive a call back, the voice of each caller will be broadcast into the meeting during the public commenting time of their desired agenda item. Individuals will be able to comment once per agenda item, no matter the method.
- At regular meetings only, citizens can speak on any topic that is not on the agenda (Open Microphone). Alert the call taker if you wish to speak under the Open Microphone category. If you would like to give a public report, visit the “Speak at a Council Meeting” page.
For more details on speaking at a virtual meeting, visit the "Speak at a Council Meeting
Historic Landmark Commission Meeting, Sept. 21 - Click here to comment on an agenda item.
City Council Meeting, Sept. 22 - Click here to comment on an agenda item.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETINGS with Public Comment Opportunities
Notice of Tax Rates
The City’s Manager’s Proposed FY 2020-21 Budget was submitted to the City Council on August 6, 2020. In compliance with Chapter 26 of the Tax Code, the City of Denton is providing notice about the no-new-revenue tax rate and the voter approval tax rate, along with certain debt information. CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE OF TAX RATES. Additional relevant tax rate and budget information is available here.
Statements required in notice if the proposed tax rate does not exceed the lower of the no-new-revenue tax rate or the voter-approval tax rate, as prescribed by Tax Code §26.061.
NOTICE OF MEETING TO VOTE ON TAX RATE
A tax rate of $0.615454 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of CITY OF DENTON.
PROPOSED TAX RATE: $0.615454 per $100
NO-NEW-REVENUE TAX RATE: $0.616399 per $100
VOTER-APPROVAL TAX RATE: $0.635860 per $100
The no-new-revenue tax rate is the tax rate for the 2020 tax year that will raise the same amount of property tax revenue for CITY OF DENTON from the same properties in both the 2019 tax year and the 2020 tax year.
The voter-approval rate is the highest tax rate that CITY OF DENTON may adopt without holding an election to seek voter approval of the rate.
The proposed tax rate is not greater than the no-new-revenue tax rate. This means that CITY OF DENTON is not proposing to increase property taxes for the 2020 tax year.
A PUBLIC MEETING ON THE PROPOSED TAX RATE WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at 215 E. McKinney Street Denton, TX 76201. A PUBLIC MEETING TO VOTE ON THE PROPOSED TAX RATE WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at 215 E. McKinney Street Denton, TX 76201.
The proposed tax rate is also not greater than the voter-approval tax rate. As a result, CITY OF DENTON is not required to hold an election to seek voter approval of the rate. However, you may express your support for or opposition to the proposed tax rate by contacting Denton City Council of CITY OF DENTON at their offices or by attending the public meetings mentioned above. Due to COVID-19 precautions, members of the public will not be able to attend the meetings mentioned above in-person. Members of the public will be able to participate in the meetings by calling (940) 349-7800 the day of the meetings beginning at 6:00 p.m. or by submitting a virtual white card pursuant to the process outlined at https://www.cityofdenton.com/en-us/government/open/agendas-minutes.
YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE TAX RATES MENTIONED ABOVE CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:
Property tax amount = ( tax rate ) x ( taxable value of your property ) / 100
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET
The City Council for the City of Denton, Texas, will hold a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2020- 21 Annual Program of Services (“Budget”), on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 215 East McKinney Street in Denton, Texas, 76201. The meeting will be held for the purpose of receiving community input on the Budget.
THIS BUDGET WILL RAISE MORE TOTAL PROPERTY TAXES THAN LAST YEAR’S BUDGET BY $5,820,578 OR 7.77% AND OF THAT AMOUNT $3,036,027 IS TAX REVENUE TO BE RAISED FROM NEW PROPERTY ADDED TO THE TAX ROLL THIS YEAR.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, members of the public will not be able to attend the public hearing in-person. Members of the public will be able to participate in the public hearing by submitting a virtual white card beginning Friday, September 11, or calling (940) 349-7800 the day of the meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to the process outlined at https://www.cityofdenton.com/en-us/government/open/agendas-minutes.
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