August 18 Update
During their meeting last night, the NRH City Council approved the budget for FY 2020-21 and set the tax rate at $0.5757 per $100 property value.
August 17: Adoption of Budget & Tax Rate
August 13: Public Hearings on Proposed Budget & Tax Rate
August 3: Discussion of Proposed Tax Rate
August 5, 2020 Post
Thursday, August 13, 2020 Public Hearings:
Notice About 2020 Tax Rates
Economic Challenges of Pandemic Reflected in City Budget Cuts
COVID-19 has affected just about every aspect of our lives since mid-March and the City of North Richland Hills expects the impacts of the pandemic to continue well into our next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The proposed Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget was presented to the City Council during a July 24 workshop. The City Council will conduct public hearings for the budget and property tax rate on Thursday, Aug. 13 and welcomes your input.
In April, following stay at home orders and business closings, the city implemented budget cuts - including a reduction in pay for all city employees. Additional reductions are proposed for the FY 2020-21 budget including cuts to special events, library programs, employee education and training. One full-time Development Services position, two full-time Parks & Recreation positions, one part-time Municipal Court position and one part-time Library position will not be funded. Each position is recently vacant.
The proposed budget restores the 2.5% that was cut from employee pay in April and adds one new detective position to the Police Department. The new position is partially grant funded and will focus on investigating crimes against children.
The proposed budget for FY 2020-2021 is balanced and provides funding to continue services that residents depend on every day including police, fire and emergency medical services, street, drainage and utility infrastructure, animal control, code compliance, building and health inspections, library services and parks and recreation. About 40% of the city’s daily operations are funded by property taxes, with 21% coming from sales taxes. Franchise fees, permits, fines, charges for service, grants and other revenue sources also help fund your city services.
The proposed property tax rate is $0.5757 per $100 property valuation, which is below the No-New-Revenue Tax Rate of $0.580542 and the Voter-Approval Tax Rate of $0.584901. At the proposed rate, a home in North Richland Hills with an average taxable value of $206,645 would pay $1,189.66 in property tax to the city.
Individual taxpayers’ property taxes may decrease, increase or remain the same depending on changes in the appraised value of their property. Senior and disabled property owners that have a tax ceiling (even if their property values have increased) will pay the same amount of city property tax as the previous year, unless their appraised property value decreased. In accordance with Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019, property tax information for all taxing districts must be posted on a county website. You can view the proposed taxes for your property and submit comments to each taxing district online at www.tarranttaxinfo.com.
There is no change to water rates or other fees in the proposed budget.
Residents are encouraged to learn more about the city’s proposed budget and property tax rate on the following web pages:
The community is invited to submit comments online via the above web pages or during public hearings on Thursday, Aug. 13, which will be held via video conference. A link to register to join the video conference meeting is included on the public notices above. The link will also be included on the meeting agendas at www.nrhtx.com/agendas. Persons wishing to speak are encouraged to register before the meeting begins.
The City Council is scheduled to formally adopt a budget and set the tax rate on Monday, August 17, 2020.