To meet the needs of the City of Hutto, by Charter, City Manager Odis Jones presented a proposed budget at the 63.1 cents per $100 valuation tax rate that the City Council approved on August 1, that is structured to meet the higher levels of service that the citizens are demanding.
“Citizens have demanded a higher level of service, within the ranks of police, parks, streets and drainage to improve the overall quality of life our citizens have come to enjoy, and this budget meets that demand,” said Jones. “As the City of Hutto maintains its status as one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, I believe this proposed budget provides the resources and staff necessary to provide a higher level of service that the citizens expect and it accomplishes that task in accordance with the policies of the City Council.”
New development and growth in Hutto rank the city amongst peers as having the third highest Compound Annual Growth Rate in economic development growth according to information from the Texas Municipal Advisory Council of Texas and the Texas Comptroller’s Office. On the flip side, the City ranks 9th from the bottom of the list of having the lowest current tax rate amongst peers and one of the lowest costs of operation.
The proposed $81 million budget includes the voter-approved tax rate that will help maintain the city financially, by covering the bond debt from the 2018 bond election, as well as provide funding for the level of services residents expect while maintaining the quality of life. The proposed budget maintains the current utility rate without an increase.
“We thank the voters for their support of the 2018 Bond Election projects that will improve our streets and drainage, parks and public safety,” Jones said. “We want to deliver these projects in the most cost-effective and responsible way possible while ensuring the long-term financial health of our city.”
The budget process with the City Council began at a Budget Retreat/Workshop in June where Councilmembers were able to provide input and direction for the budget. The City budget will be voted on by the City Council in September 2019, but highlights of the proposed budget, including the update of the highly anticipated start of the voter supported 2018 bond projects will be discussed in a series of public meetings. Those meetings are listed below. A draft of the budget is also available on the website at www.huttotx.gov.
- August 15 – Regular City Council Meeting – Presentations from Outside Agency Funding groups.
- August 15 – Regular City Council Meeting - 1st Public Hearings on Budget and Tax Increase, Tentative (pending Council Approval)
- August 22 – Special Called City Council Meeting – 2nd Public Hearing on Tax Increase (if necessary), Budget Public Hearing – Tentative (pending Council Approval); 1st vote on tax ordinance
- September 5 – Regular City Council Meeting – 1st Reading of Ordinance approving Ad Valorem Taxes; 1st reading of ordinance approving the budget
- September 19 – Regular City Council Meeting – 2nd Reading of Ordinance approving Ad Valorem Taxes, 2nd Reading of Ordinance approving Budget, Council Adopts Budget