UP City Council Discusses Proposed FY2021 Budget

The University Park City Council this week discussed the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget. 

The proposed FY2021 budget of $55,229,327 (all budgeted funds) is 0.5% higher than the adopted FY2020 budget of $54,932,642. 

Highlights of the proposed budget include a 0.9% increase (year-over-year) in the city’s certified property tax base, from $8.3 billion to $8.4 billion, a $202,122 (0.6%) increase in General Fund expenditures, a $509,000 (3.9%) decrease in non-tax revenues, a $711,122 (3.3%) increase in property tax revenue from FY2020, to achieve a balanced General Fund budget. This increase requires a calculated property tax rate of 26.4750 cents per $100 of taxable value – an increase of 0.6202 cents (or 2.4%), from FY2020. 

No changes are proposed to general fund fees, water rates, sewer rates, or storm water rates, but a 5% increase is proposed in all sanitation rates. City officials say the increase is necessary to pass-thru higher landfill rates as well as to offset newly imposed recycling charges (which was previously a revenue generator) while maintaining a balanced budget. 

“As much as this virus has changed everything, it’s actually changed sanitation quite a bit. Our guys are working longer and harder picking up more garbage as people have more sent to them as opposed to going out and getting it themselves,” said the city’s finance director Thomas Tvardzik.

Also proposed is continued funding of equipment purchases at 105% of depreciation charge, and a 5% increase in “pay-as-you-go” capital project funding, to $7.2 million.

No change is proposed to budgeted sales tax or building permit revenues.

The budget is expected to come back before the council for a vote Sept. 15.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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