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FY 2020-21 Budget & Tax Information


The Denton City Council adopted the City’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget and tax rate on Sept. 22, 2020.
 
After months of deliberation and public input through online and over-the-phone comments from residents, the Denton City Council adopted a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year on Sept. 22 2020. The FY20-21 adopted budget includes no rate increase from the current tax rate of $0.5905 per $100 of valuation, which still allows the City to maintain a tax rate lower than the no-new-revenue tax rate, which is the tax rate that results in the same amount of revenue from existing properties as the prior year. The budget also includes rate decreases for Water and Solid Waste & Recycling services and continues the trend of no increases to utility rates over the past four years. There are no rate changes for Wastewater and Electric services.
 
The adopted budget prioritizes fiscal responsibility in light of the evolving economic conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic while also enhancing core service areas for the citizens of Denton. Key service enhancements include a new 311 system for efficient response to citizen requests, six new sworn police officer positions, three new firefighter positions, and bond fund issuance for both major street improvement funds and public safety facilities.

Budget Meetings

Below are links to the City Council’s budget meetings and presentations leading up to the adoption of the FY 2020-21 operating and capital budget.
  • Budget Meetings & Presentations
    July 28, 2020 - Department Presentations
    • Materials Management
    • Health Fund
    • Risk Fund
    • Public Affairs/Cable TV
    • Municipal Court
    • Human Resources
    • Fleet
    • Fire
    July 30, 2020 - Department Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Streets
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Community Services
    • Libraries
    • Economic Development
    • Development Services
    • Water
    • Wastewater
    • Solid Waste
    • Electric
    August 3, 2020 - Department Presentations
    • Police
    August 4, 2020 - Department Presentations
    • Animal Services
    • Facilities
    • Airport
    • Customer Service
    • Legal
    • Technology Services
    • Public Safety Communications
    August 6, 2020 September 15, 2020
    • Public Hearing, Tax Rate, Budget
    September 22, 2020
    • Tax Rate and Budget Adoption

Tax Information

Taxing Unit’s budget for the preceding 2 years
 
Most recent financial audit of the taxing unit
Fiscal Year 2018-19 Comprehensive Annual Report

 
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.

In accordance with Section 140.0045 of the Local Government Code, which requires the itemization of certain expenditures by a political subdivision, the City of Denton is expected to expend for fiscal year 2020 and has budgeted for fiscal year 2021 the following amounts:
  • Notices required by law to be published in a newspaper (i.e. public hearing expense) $127,079 and $113,429, respectively.
  • Legislative cost $188,100 and $175,000, respectively.