Why doesn’t the city reduce services to ease the tax burden on residents?
Through surveys, town hall meetings and budget input hearings, the majority of residents have indicated that they wish to maintain the level and quality of services received from the city. As a result, the city has not reduced hours at any library, recreation center or aquatic center.

The city also is mindful that in times of economic hardship, there is an upsurge in the use of city facilities as people look for lower cost alternatives for recreation and entertainment. An example of an excellent, low-cost service is the city’s after-school program. For $180 per six weeks, city staff will pick up students at their elementary school and transport them to a recreation center. The after-school program provides participants with a snack, tutoring, recreation and supervision from 3 to 6 p.m. each school day. The cost of this program averages $2 per hour, which is half the cost of similar private-sector after-school programs in Irving. Reducing such programs would have a negative impact on Irving residents who are least able to afford it.

In sum, the proposed budget reduces costs without significant impact to services, and enables the city to provide residents with high-quality services at a good value.

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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.)