Hutto releases updated $78.9M budget proposal for 2019-20 fiscal year

The city of Hutto has taken the next step in setting its 2019-20 budget, releasing a new budget proposal Aug. 8 ahead of its Aug. 15 City Council meeting.

The new budget proposal, delivered by City Manager Odis Jones, is listed at approximately $78.9 million. The revised budget is based on the updated maximum property tax rate proposal, listed at $0.631 per $100 of taxable value, set by City Council Aug. 1. The Council revised its proposed maximum property tax rate following public concerns regarding the city's initial proposal of $.0676 per $100 of taxable value.

The proposed price tag includes nearly $32.9 million in operating expenses, $38.4 million in operating revenues, $11.5 million in debt services and approximately $46 million for new capital projects, according to city documents. Of the new capital projects proposed, nearly $40 million are paid for by bond proceeds, per the document.

City documents cite the combination of operating expenses paired with the associated debt service payments and cash-funded capital projects will exceed the city's revenues in its current fiscal year, decreasing the overall fund balance. The documents add that despite decreasing the overall fund balance, the city will remain above its reserve requirements.

The proposed tax rate of $0.631 per $100 of taxable value is broken down into an operating and maintenance rate of $0.398 and a debt rate of $0.233, according to city documents. The proposed rate includes the debt service increase for projects approved in the November 2018 bond election.

The four main areas of the proposed budget include the city's general fund, utility fund, streets and drainage construction fund and capital projects.

The general fund is the city's largest and encompasses general services and operations such as police, development services, public works, parks and recreation and administrative services, among others. General fund revenues are expected to be $18.2 million, an increase from $15.3 million in fiscal year 2018-19. Expenses total $20.1 million, an increase from the previous fiscal year's $15.6 million adopted budget.

The utility fund, which includes the city's water and wastewater system, is expected to be funded by $11.5 million in revenues, following a utility rate study completed in 2017 and a 25% increase in FY 18-19. The budgeted operational expenses, under the current  proposal, total $6.6 million with an additional $7 million for debt service requirements.

The streets and drainage construction fund was created by the city during FY 18-19 as a means of providing streets and drainage construction services within the city, rather than contracting this service out. The budgeted expenses proposed amount to $4.1 million, an increase from the prior fiscal year's nearly $620,000 price tag due to one-time, large-scale equipment purchases.

Capital projects budgeted for FY 2019-20 under the current proposal include roughly $46.1 million of expenses, broken down into $40.6 million in tax-supported projects and $5.5 million in utility-supported projects.

Public hearings for the budget and proposed maximum tax rate will be held Aug. 15 and Aug. 22. If approved, the adopted budget will go into effect Oct. 1.


A candidate for interim city manager will be selected from the Texas Municipal League. (Courtesy city of Huttto)
Hutto seeks to hire interim city manager from Texas Municipal League

The city of Hutto will seek a retired city manager from the Texas Municipal League to serve as Hutto's interim city manager.

Michael Angelos Gourmet Foods prepares, processes and packages a line of Italian frozen dishes at a facility in Round Rock.
18 new jobs, $11M facility upgrades: Michael Angelos Gourmet Foods ups investment in Round Rock

Local manufacturer of frozen foods Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods plans to upgrade its facilities, hire additional staff with a $290,000 economic incentive boost.

(Courtesy Fotolia)
Engineering consulting firm BGE to bring at least 80 new jobs to Round Rock

BGE, Inc. will create at least 80 jobs in Round Rock with an average salary of $80,000, according to an economic development agreement approved by Round Rock City Council Dec. 5.

Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre is a south Austin music venue that first opened in July 2000. (Community Impact Staff)
Nutty Brown Amphitheatre gets 2-year extension to build $10M venue in Round Rock

A highly-anticipated outdoor music venue has delayed its Round Rock opening once again.

Louisiana Crab Shack is set to open two Round Rock locations on Gattis School Road and Palm Valley Boulevard. (Lacy Klasel/Community Impact Newspaper)
Louisiana Crab Shack to open 2 Round Rock locations

The Austin-based seafood chain currently has restaurants in Austin, Georgetown, Cedar Park and Waco.

Spirit of Texas' newly opened taproom features offerings such as a vanilla porter and India pale ale as well as amber and blonde ales. (Courtesy Shaun Siems)
Spirit of Texas expands Pflugerville distillery, adding brewery

Spirit of Texas officially opened its taproom Nov. 8.

Jason Ball, Round Rock Chamber president and CEO, discussed the vision and values of the chamber as well as local trends to watch in 2020. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
468 new jobs, $30.4M investment in 2019: Round Rock Chamber is 'strong,' CEO says in annual address

Round Rock Chamber President and CEO Jason Ball delivered the 2019 State of the Chamber address Dec. 3.

Travis County commissioners received their sixth update on the 2017-22 bond program at a Dec. 3 meeting. (Emma Freer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County 2017-22 bond program remains on track thanks to innovations

Fifty-six of the 60 projects included in the five-year bond program Travis County voters approved in 2017 are in active development, according to a Dec. 3 presentation made to the Commissioners Court.

The Williamson County seat is located in Georgetown at 710 S. Main St. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County sees one of the largest year-over-year employment increases in the U.S.

Williamson County continues to see its unemployment rate decline.

REAL ESTATE DATA: Homes on the market in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

Residential real estate listings added to the market between 11/5/19 and 11/26/19 were provided by the Austin Board of Realtors.

For a 10-month period, the city of Pflugerville had failed to adequately treat its water supply. City officials added that despite the treatment technique violations, the water had been and continues to be safe to drink. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Pflugerville officials seek to remedy city's water treatment failure

The city of Pflugerville failed to meet state-mandated water treatment levels from October 2018 through September 2019, excluding December 2018 and April 2019.

Back to top