West Lake Hills approves 2020-21 budget and tax rate

West Lake Hills City Council approved the fiscal year 2020-21 budget during a Sept. 9 council meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)
West Lake Hills City Council approved the fiscal year 2020-21 budget during a Sept. 9 council meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)

West Lake Hills City Council approved the fiscal year 2020-21 budget during a Sept. 9 council meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Facing a drop in sales tax revenue and financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, West Lake Hills City Council passed what Mayor Linda Anthony called a “bare-bones budget” during a Sept. 9 meeting.

The fiscal year 2020-21 budget reflected a tax rate of $0.0786 per $100 valuation, an increase from the 2019-20 rate of $0.07. Finance Officer Vonda Ragsdale estimated in August that the increase would provide the city with an additional $190,000 in revenue.

“Given the fact that we’ve taken a sizable hit to sales tax revenue that this [tax rate] makes sense,” Anthony said. “It’s not a big increase by any stretch of the imagination.”

The Texas State Comptroller's Office released June sales tax revenue for cities Aug. 12. West Lake Hills saw a drop of 23.03% in June 2020 as compared to June 2019. During the first half of 2020, sales tax revenue saw a 12.03% year-over-year drop.

The tax rate will cost the average homeowner in West Lake Hills approximately $110 a year, according to Anthony.


Total revenue for FY 2020-21 is projected at about $5.7 million, which reflects a nearly $2 million drop from the previous fiscal year.

The city also considerably trimmed overall expenses, which are projected at $5,243,929 compared to about $7.42 million in FY 2019-20.
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.


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