How are tax revenues decreasing if the city is raising the tax rate?

For the upcoming budget year, the taxable value of all properties in Irving has declined by $919 million or 5.15 percent. Tax revenues collected at the existing rate of 54.06 cents would result in a decrease in general fund revenues of $6.4 million.


The rate necessary for the city to receive the same amount of revenue from existing properties as in the previous year is called the "effective tax rate." This rate has been calculated by the Dallas Central Appraisal District as 5.12 cents above the current rate or 59.18 cents.


The city's proposed rate of 57.61 cents is well below the effective rate of 59.18 cents, so the city will still collect less revenue than last year. Whether taxes on an individual property go up or down depends on the change in that property's appraisal.

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1. How are tax revenues decreasing if the city is raising the tax rate?
2. Why are my taxes so high?
3. Is it true that the decrease in tax revenue is in part due to the Heritage Crossing project, in that so many dwellings/buildings were removed and now sit as vacant land at a lower taxable rate?
4. Are any city departments over budget for the current year?
5. If Code Enforcement is a key focus area for the city, why does the budget show funding for five fewer code enforcement personnel in the coming year?
6. How much does the City of Irving receive in revenue from the company that operates Twin Wells Golf Course? Where is that reflected in the city’s records?
7. Are any funds allocated in the FY 2010-11 budget for improvements along Irving Boulevard between the Trinity River and Loop 12?
8. What is the status of the former stadium site redevelopment? Is the $2 billion “Sky Park” project on hold?
9. Is everything paid for from the General Fund?
10. How much of the increase in the municipal services bill goes to the General Fund?
11. What happened to the $12 million in savings that have been realized over the past four years?
12. How many employees work for the City of Irving?
13. Is Irving self-insured? How much does health insurance cost the city?
14. How much of the budget goes toward the Heritage Crossing project?
15. Why doesn’t the city match tax increases with a dollar-for-dollar operating expenditure reduction?
16. If taxes are increased due to lower property values, will the city ever reduce taxes?
17. Has the city manager received a raise this year?
18. How is the city reducing expenditures?
19. Why doesn’t the city reduce services to ease the tax burden on residents?
20. How much will my taxes increase under the proposed budget?
21. Where will the money come from for the Entertainment Venue if the dedicated revenues are not sufficient to pay the debt? (Full question provided in answer.)