Written by Amanda Casanova
COPPELL -- The Council held a public hearing about the $97 million budget at their Aug. 27 regular meeting.According to the proposed budget, the tax rate is expected to dip, resulting in a savings of about $93 to the average homeowner. The budget estimates that the average homeowner will pay about $1,800 in taxes.
City employees can expect a 3 percent increase in salaries if the budget is approved.
The budget also includes two new full-time positions, a crime analyst and an evidence room technician. More hours will also be allotted for employees at the City's Aquatic and Recreation Center.
Also, for the 19th year in a row, water and sewer rates will not increase, according to the proposed budget.
City officials are also hoping that voters approve the reauthorization of the City's half cent tax in November. In the past, the half-cent tax has generated funding for the City's parks and recreation department, but voters will decide later this year if the tax could pay for other City services. If approved, the tax could generate more than $7 million.