Southlake City Council moves forward with reduced tax rate, pay raise for public safety employees

Southlake City Council is one step closer to approving a reduced tax rate for fiscal year 2022. (Courtesy city of Southlake)
Southlake City Council is one step closer to approving a reduced tax rate for fiscal year 2022. (Courtesy city of Southlake)

Southlake City Council is one step closer to approving a reduced tax rate for fiscal year 2022. (Courtesy city of Southlake)

The Southlake City Council unanimously approved their proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-22 and a proposed ad valorem tax rate of $0.39 per $100 of value assessed during the first reading of both items on Sept. 7.

A second reading and final vote for the tax rate and budget will take place on Sept. 21.

The planned tax rate is a 1.5-cent reduction from the current $0.405 tax rate and is expected to save property owners $96 annually. The city also offers a 20% homestead exemption and a senior tax freeze.

The proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget is projected to raise $120,245,965 in revenue and spend a total of $104,645,050—a 0.4% decrease over fiscal year 2020-21’s adopted budget.

Council will also include an amendment to the budget to include a pay increase for Department of Public Safety employees, moving salaries from the 60th percentile to the 80th percentile above the national average as a means of overall retention in the department.


According to city chief financial officer Sharon Jackson, this amendment will add an additional $246,000 to the budget moving forward.

“I think from an essential services perspective, we need to be considered an employer of choice,” Councilmember Chad Patton said. “We've done an excellent job of training our folks, and having them being the best out there, and then they get recruited away, and it's a very expensive endeavor. It affects us on so many different levels.”
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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