West Lake Hills approves 2019-20 budget reflecting $437,000 revenue increase

Finance Officer Vonda Ragsdale presents budget amendments during the West Lake Hills City Council meeting.

Finance Officer Vonda Ragsdale presents budget amendments during the West Lake Hills City Council meeting.

An $437,000 in additional revenue was added to the West Lake Hills general fund balance.

City Council voted to approve the fiscal year 2019-20 budget, reflecting a number of changes during an Aug. 28 regular board meeting.

The budget reflects an additional $437,000, according to finance officer, Vonda Ragsdale. This was in large part due to sales tax, which was $290,000 more than what we originally budgeted, Ragsdale said.

The budget also indicated an increase in building maintenance expenses. Expenditures were $27,00 more than what was originally budgeted due to city hall damage following flooding in April.

Previously City Council voted to approve the purchase of two patrol vehicles for the West Lake Hills Police Department, resulting in a $21,448 increase to expenses. However, the city sold the replaced vehicles to offset this cost.

Paving on Camp Craft Road at Bee Cave Road was roughly $175,284 more than council originally estimated due to unexpected engineering costs.

The budget reflects a tax rate of $0.07 per 100 valuation, showing no change from the previous year.

Vonda Ragsdale noted that there is still a month left in the fiscal year and the numbers within the budget are projections.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.