• January 23, 2022
 El Paso City Council adopts Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

El Paso City Council adopts Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

On Tuesday, the El Paso City Council adopted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget without increasing the property tax rate for the second consecutive year.

Additionally, to further minimize the impact to residents, the Council did not increase Sun Metro fares or Solid Waste fees.

Earlier this year, the Council also approved decreased the property tax bill for over 52,000 homeowners who are senior citizens or residents with disabilities. This year’s budget restores streets, police and fire equipment replacement, and high-priority services as well as other deferred capital projects that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The last two years have been a challenge for our community due to the pandemic which impacted our community’s physical and financial health. We responded with the best vaccine rollout in America and with a tax bill decrease to seniors and residents with disabilities along with no tax rate increase while bringing back critical serves outlined by our citizens,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

“We achieved a budget that does not change the property tax rate due to savings like the $21 million we refinanced in old debt along with the new budget and the adoption of the same property tax rate as last year by the City Council. By keeping the tax rate steady at $0.907 per $100 of property valuation, the City aims to ease some of the pressure on taxpayers because of the ongoing financial uncertainty created by the pandemic.”

The FY 2022 budget includes $20 million in set-aside funds for street resurfacing projects, as well as another $3 million for a new traffic intersection safety program, ADA on-demand request projects, neighborhood speeding mitigation, and updating the pavement condition index study used to evaluate street condition.

The budget also includes $8 million for police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and new public safety radios, as well as increased funding for the Crisis Intervention Team which responds to 911 calls involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

Finally, the City identified about $13 million for the recreation and senior centers, libraries, museums, and aquatic facilities, as well as enhanced maintenance at City sports complex.

Officials add that City’s taxable property values and tax rate determine how much funding the City will receive from residential and commercial property owners.

The City receives a fraction of the total property tax dollars collected in El Paso County. More than half of every tax dollar collected in El Paso goes to other government entities, helping pay for non-city services including public schools, county roads and other vital programs.

By the Numbers: Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Highlights

  • No tax rate or fee increase to lessen the burden on homeowners and businesses;
  • Providing more tax relief for senior and residents with disabilities homesteads;
  • Restoring high-priority services and capital project funding that was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Focus on long-term financial stability; and
  • Developed with extensive public outreach to include Council and community input via various methods including citizen surveys, community meetings, Youth Strategic Budget Advisory, Chime-In and focus groups feedback.

For more information on the City and Budget, click here; for our complete coverage, click here.

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