West Lake Hills approves 2018-19 budget, sees increase in revenue and expense

West Lake Hills City Council unanimously approved the 2018-19 budget Monday night.

West Lake Hills City Council unanimously approved the 2018-19 budget Monday night.

West Lake Hills City Council approved its 2018-19 budget Monday, and Mayor Linda Anthony said she is satisfied with council's decisions regarding where to spend taxpayer dollars.

“We’ve made good allocations to start making some serious infrastructure improvements,” Anthony said. “We made great strides in bringing fiscal responsibility and long-term planning to the city.”

General fund total revenue: $5.81 million
Taxes – $4.54 million
Permits – $140,000
Fees – $711,000
Fines and warrants – $209,300
Interest and miscellaneous revenue – $211,585

General fund total expense: $6.87 million
Administration – $1.18 million
Police – $2.05 million
Public works – $1.64 million
Municipal court – $273,119
Capital outlay – $1.74 million

Last year the general fund total revenue was $5.56 million, less than this year’s projected amount. The general fund expenditure for 2017-18 was $5.84 million, also less than this year's projected expenses.

Click the images to see the city’s graphic breakdowns of general fund revenue and expense:







The proposed property tax rate increased from $.065 to $.07 per $100 valuation, meaning this budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by about $226,000—a 17.86 percent increase from last year’s budget.

The estimated tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is about $26,800.