Dripping Springs City Council passes 2019-20 city budget

From left: Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds, Mayor Todd Purcell, Council Member John Kroll and Council Member Travis Crow consider the city's budget at their Sept. 17 meeting.

From left: Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds, Mayor Todd Purcell, Council Member John Kroll and Council Member Travis Crow consider the city's budget at their Sept. 17 meeting.

Note: This story was updated Sept. 18, 2019 with the city's finalized transportation and city operating budget figures.

Dripping Springs City Council voted Sept. 17 to approve a $6.9 million city operations budget for the the 2019-20 fiscal year, with a total budget including city, parks and Founder’s Day income of nearly $7.4 million. The vote was unanimous, with Council Member Taline Manassian absent.

Along with the budget passed Tuesday was an additional homestead exemption of 1% from the valuation of a home, with a minimum exemption of $10,000.

Compared to the $6,912,339 of revenue outlined in the city operating budget, projected expenses were valued at $6,740,889, with significant expenses including, but not limited to:

  • $1.5 million for city salaries

  • $669,620 for transportation improvement projects

  • $307,155 for dam repairs

  • $175,515 for street maintenance

  • $115,000 for the city’s portion of the tax increment reinvestment zone


“We have a balanced budget. I’m proud of that,” Mayor Todd Purcell said at the meeting.

Also voted through was a property tax rate of $0.19 per $100 of valuation, which is consistent with the previous year’s tax rate.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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