Kyle, TX – At its regular meeting on September 16th, the Kyle City Council approved a $33 million budget for fiscal year 08-09 which will add police officers, improve transportation and utility infrastructure, and enhance services for Parks and Recreation and the Kyle Library. The budget also includes an increase in the tax rate from .2707¢ per $100 of valuation to .3737¢ per $100 valuation, the first tax rate increase for the City in 11 years.
“The budget deliberation process was one of the best we have had in years and the Kyle City Council should be commended for their efforts,” said Mattis. “It is always our goal to keep taxes as low as possible, and this council asked some very tough questions and looked hard at every dollar. In the end, it is clear that this is not only a very lean budget, but a budget that includes quality services that the public and council have requested.”
Some of the projects funded by budget include Kyle Parkway (FM1626), Downtown Kyle Streetscape, Kyle City Hall, Kyle Municipal Pool, City of Kyle Fire Station No. 2, Original Town Sewer Upgrades, Kohler’s Crossing Reconstruction, FM150 Realignment, IH-35 Road Improvements, Seton Hospital/Kyle Parkway Phase 2, Parkland Acquisition, Kyle Crossing (Dry Hole Rd.), Economic Development Projects, and Original Town Road Improvements.
Also included in the new budget is the addition of 5 new patrol officers and 1 police sergeant along with additional personnel for Parks & Recreation, Public Works and the Kyle Library. The new positions will bring the total staffing for the City up to an all time high of 156.5 full-time equivalent positions.
“The members of this council worked very hard to address every aspect of this budget,” said Kyle Mayor Mike Gonzalez. “The staff provided us with a very effective and efficient plan for providing services, providing them at a high level, and at a cost that is reasonable. I am confident that we are on the right track and will continue to grow our city in a planned and responsible manner.”
The budget also includes a 4% cost of living adjustment for all City staff and associated market adjustments for staff that are currently under a defined compensation level based on pay for similar positions in other cities in the central Texas area.
“This budget and tax rate is very fair and reasonable; and it will enable our operation to continue the positive momentum we have achieved in recent years. I am very proud of the work put in by the staff in planning for Kyle’s future,” said Mattis. “It is clear that the City of Kyle is growing, and growing responsibly. Even with this tax increase, we have one of the lowest tax rates of any city if central Texas, and I’d put our level of service to our citizens up against any city in our region.”
Although the proposed tax rate increase may seem significant to some, the rate is lower than the rate of other cities in the region. The average tax rate of cities of similar size in the Central Texas area is $.4782 per $100 of valuation (see attached chart). The range of these cities is $.3700 (Georgetown) to $.6240 (Pflugerville).
Complete information on the City of Kyle budget is available online at www.cityofkyle.com. Copies of the proposed budget are also available at the Kyle City Hall, Police Department and Library.
By JERRY HENDRIX
Director of Communications – City of Kyle