Dripping Springs' FY 2021-22 budget increases about $1 million over last year

The Dripping Springs City Council voted to approve the budget and the ad valorem tax rate Sept. 21. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Dripping Springs City Council voted to approve the budget and the ad valorem tax rate Sept. 21. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Dripping Springs City Council voted to approve the budget and the ad valorem tax rate Sept. 21. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Dripping Springs City Council voted Sept. 21 to approve the fiscal year 2021-22 proposed budget of about $8.9 million, a roughly 13% increase over last year’s amended budget of about $7.9 million.

The council also voted unanimously to maintain the city’s property tax rate at $0.19 per $100 valuation, although rising appraisal values mean most citizens will pay more in taxes.

The city expects to make roughly $1.98 million on ad valorem taxes in fiscal year 2021-22, amounting to a roughly $350,000 or 21.5% increase over last year. Of that increase in revenue, roughly $207,000 will be raised by new property added to the tax roll this year, according to the budget.

The city also expects to make about $180,000 more in sales tax this year, for a total of $3.79 million in sales tax revenue.

The city will spend $2.2 million in salaries, marking about $400,000 more than in fiscal year 2020-21. The city will also spend about $71,000 on park improvements, and about $1.36 million on transportation improvement projects and street improvements.


The city’s annual Founders Day celebration will make about ​​$118,800 in revenue and cost about $99,500.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.



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