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File #: 21-378    Version: 1 Name: FY 2021-22 Maximum Tax Rate Consideration
Type: Procedural Item Status: Regular Agenda
File created: 8/4/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/7/2021 Final action:
Title: Consider approving a motion to place a proposal to consider adopting a maximum property tax rate of $0.589 on the City Council agenda of September 21, 2021; schedule a public hearing on the proposed maximum property tax rate for September 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to be held at the City of Farmers Branch, City Hall Council Chambers, located at 13000 William Dodson Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234; and, take appropriate action
Sponsors: Charles Cox
Attachments: 1. Notice of Public Hearing 08192021
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Consider approving a motion to place a proposal to consider adopting a maximum property tax rate of $0.589 on the City Council agenda of September 21, 2021; schedule a public hearing on the proposed maximum property tax rate for September 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to be held at the City of Farmers Branch, City Hall Council Chambers, located at 13000 William Dodson Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234; and, take appropriate action

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BACKGROUND:

In order to serve their constituents, governing bodies in Texas must establish budgets and set property tax rates in support of those budgets. The Texas Constitution and Tax Code require taxing units to comply with certain steps when adopting their tax rates. In addition, taxing units are obliged to follow legislative guidelines that ensure the public is informed of any increase.

Truth-in-Taxation laws and legislative guidelines also require that when a proposed tax rate exceeds the lower of the no-new-revenue rate or voter approval rate, the taxing unit's governing body must take a record vote to place a proposal to adopt a tax rate on the agenda of a future meeting as an action item. [A taxing unit's governing body cannot vote to adopt a proposal to increase taxes by an unspecified amount.] If the motion passes, the governing body must schedule a public hearing and announce the date, time and place of the meeting as well as the meeting at which it will vote on the tax rate. A draft of this notice is attached to this agenda item.

The proposed maximum tax rate is greater than the calculated no-new-revenue tax rate, which means that the City of Farmers Branch is proposing to increase property tax revenues for the 2021 tax year. The proposed tax rate is not greater than the voter-approval tax rate; therefore, the City of Farmers Branch is not required to hold an election at which voters may accept or reject the proposed rate. The City's calculated no-new-revenue property tax rate is $0.559575 and the calculated v...

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