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2017 budget proposed, opportunities for public feedback unveiled

Posted Aug. 9, 2016

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The city manager recommended a $1.65 billion budget on Aug. 9 that continues to focus on sustainable solutions while also decreasing the property tax rate.

For the second consecutive year, the city’s economic outlook is bright — from improvements in local job growth and sales tax collections to increases in residential and commercial building permits. Along with this growth have come increased demands on city services and infrastructure and, ultimately, the requests for city dollars. The recommended budget represents the city’s plan to meet the responsibility for appropriate infrastructure investment and maintenance and quality levels of service.

“When we put together our recommendations for this year’s budget, we balanced investments we need to make in infrastructure with our desire to decrease our property tax rate,” City Manager David Cooke said. “The proposed budget does this, but we continue to look for ways to make the city leaner and more efficient to ensure the long-term protection of quality of life.”

The recommended budget, which includes the debt service and most operating funds, totals just over $1.65 billion. That’s an increase of 2.5 percent over the fiscal year 2016 proposed budget. The budget includes 6,596 authorized positions, an increase of 142 positions from the previous budget.

A balanced $639 million General Fund budget includes these achievements:

  • Lowers the property tax rate by two cents; the rate goes to $0.83550 per $100 of assessed taxable value from $0.8550 per $100 of assessed taxable value.
  • Increases cash funding dedicated to capital projects, including additional funds for street maintenance and repair, and funds to improve neighborhood vitality and safety.
  • Staffs new facilities approved by voters in the 2014 bond program, which include a new fire station at Spinks Airport, Victory Forest Community Center, the expanded Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter and new parks.
  • Emphasizes public safety with the second-year implementation of the Police Department’s sixth patrol division, additional school resource officers, funding for body cameras to equip all patrol officers, and the city funding 10 firefighters previously funded by a federal grant.
  • Provides funds for “pay for performance” for general employees.
  • Continues the practice of not using reserves to balance the General Fund budget.

Give your feedback on the budget

Fort Worth residents have opportunities to speak out on the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget. Budget hearings are scheduled for:

  • Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
  • Aug. 30, 7 p.m.

All hearings will be conducted during regular meetings of the City Council at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

City Council will vote on the proposed budget during their Sept. 13 meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Residents can also email their feedback.

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