The proposed budget maintains the high level of service that citizens expect and reflects the City Council’s priority on public safety with about 65% of the budget going to police and fire services.
The decline in property tax revenues and lower than anticipated sales tax revenue, attributed to the downturn in the economy, require a property tax increase of about 2.9 cents to a rate of 67 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation.
State law allows cities to set a tax rate to generate the same revenue as the previous year despite lower property values. The 2.9 cent increase is still below the state-allowed effective tax rate.
Since the recession began in 2008 the City of Cedar Hill has implemented budget reductions of over $6 million. Those reductions involved realigning funds, eliminated a number of open positions, canceled raises for City staffers and reduced employee benefits.
The proposed budget does not include any staff furloughs or reductions of hours or programs at City facilities like the Library, the Recreation Center or the Senior Center.