On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a $989.3 million budget for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget.
“The approved budget reflects continued efforts in balancing the present and future needs of the City,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “With the Council’s and city staff’s assistance, we will continue to provide for the level of services for public safety and streets that we have come to enjoy in our City while always respecting the taxpayer.”
The new budget is an increase of 3.99 cents per $100 property valuation, or $37.91 per year on a $100,000 home.
“This budget continues our efforts to offer a sustainable, balanced budget that effectively responds to needs of the City and commits resources to help us focus on streets, public safety, and quality of life in El Paso,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “It meets the needs of the growing city and further aligns our services with the priorities and expectations of City Council and the community.”
According to a news release from the city, the new budget continues to provide property tax relief for over 47,700 homes with Senior/Disabled exemptions. The annual savings is approximately $379 if you receive the general homestead and the over 65/disabled exemptions.
Included in the news release was a breakdown of specific areas that city officials say the increased tax revenue would be applied.
- $7 million increase for 50 residential street maintenance projects
- ADA on-demand request funding at $500,000 annually
- More efficient pothole patching – 45,000 potholes per year
- Pay raises for police officers and firefighters
- Net increase of 87 new officers over the last three years (On October 1,, will be at the same level as 2010)
- Implementation of the Crisis Intervention Team to assist with mental illness responses
- Police, Fire, and 911 Communicator academies
- Replacement of Fire Station #12
- 150 new police vehicles on the street by August 2019; 150 by August 2019
- 3 new firetrucks and 2 new ambulances
Quality of Life Projects
- Park maintenance costs
- Turf renovation program
- Recent grand openings
- Eastside sports complex
- Asia Gateway and Endangered Species Carousel at the Zoo
- Upcoming projects
- Groundbreaking for Eastside Regional Park on August 23 – includes natatorium, diving well, recreation pool, and community center
- 3 new recreation centers
- Chihuahuan Desert at the Zoo