2021 Tax Election

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The Mesquite City Council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2021-2022 budget, which keeps the City property tax rate the same as last year. The budget adds public safety, streets and cybersecurity resources to the City’s operations and maintenance of the community. State law requires that Mesquite voters approve this year’s tax rate which exceeds the 3.5% voter-approval tax rate. Proposition A will be on the Nov. 2 Ballot for Mesquite voters to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposition.

Proposition A will be on the Nov. 2 Ballot for Mesquite voters to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposition. If Proposition A is approved by voters, the average homeowner would pay about $10 more per month in City taxes based on the average property value in Mesquite. The tax rate would not impact property owners who have qualified for the Age 65 or Older Homestead Exemption with their property appraiser. Voter approval of Proposition A will provide revenue for the approved budget that allocates funds for:

  • Five additional Mesquite Police Officer positions to increase  neighborhood patrols.
  • Ten additional Mesquite Fire Department positions for faster and safer response times for calls for service.
  • Additional funding for repairs of city streets and alleys.
  • Improved security from cyberattacks of City computers that  have sensitive data and access to operations as well as the public’s personal information.

View the Fiscal Year 2021 – 2022 Annual Budget


Upcoming Public Meetings on Tax Election

Thursday, Oct. 7 - Watch Here

Thursday, Oct. 14 - Watch Here

Tuesday, Oct. 26
City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Avenue
7 p.m.

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In recent community surveys, residents expressed that public safety, streets and infrastructure are their top priorities.

  • 66% of citizens stated maintenance of city streets was a very high priority.
  • 62% of citizens stated quality police and fire services was a high priority.
  • Public Safety and Street Maintenance were ranked by citizens as the biggest issues Mesquite will face in the next five years. 

View the Brochure for more information.

Proposition A will read as follows on the Ballot:

CITY OF MESQUITE PROPOSITION A

Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.70862 per $100 valuation in the City of Mesquite, Texas, for the current year, a rate that is $0.04302 higher per $100 valuation than the voter-approval tax rate of the City of Mesquite, Texas, for the purpose of increasing fire and police staffing levels and competitive pay for fire and police personnel, and increasing funding for alley and street maintenance.  Last year, the ad valorem tax rate in the City of Mesquite, Texas, was $0.70862 per $100 valuation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the City of Mesquite having this election?

The City of Mesquite’s new budget includes additions for public safety, city streets and cybersecurity. Additions include 15 new police and fire positions, more funding for street and alley maintenance and better protection of electronic data. While the property tax rate will remain the same as last year, because of increased property values, the City will see increased revenues. This is how the City proposes to pay for these additional services. State law requires that Mesquite voters approve this year’s tax rate which exceeds the 3.5% voter-approval tax rate. Proposition A will be on the November 2 Ballot for Mesquite voters to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposition.

How might this election impact residents, individuals over 65 years of age?

If Proposition A is approved by voters, the average homeowner would pay about $10 more per month in City taxes based on the average property value in Mesquite. The tax rate would not impact property owners who have qualified for the Age 65 or Older Homestead Exemption with their property appraiser.

How do I know if I am registered to vote in this election?

To verify if you’re registered to vote in this election, call the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6300 or visit www.dallascountyvotes.org. If you live in Kaufman County, call the Kaufman County Voter Registration Office at 469-376-4595 or visit www.kaufmancounty.net/elections/about/.

When is the election?

Early voting is October 18 – 29. Election Day is Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where can I vote on Election Day?

Dallas County and Kaufman County Elections Departments will utilize countywide Vote Centers, which will enable any registered Mesquite voter to vote at any polling location in their respective County on Election Day.

For a complete list of polling locations call either the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6300 or the Kaufman County Voter Registration Office at 469-376-4595.

Can I vote by mail?

For details on an application for a ballot to be voted on by mail, please contact Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6300 or the Kaufman County Voter Registration Office at 469-376-4595, based on the county in which you are registered to vote.

Preguntas Frecuentes

¿Por qué la Ciudad de Mesquite llevará a cabo estas elecciones?

El nuevo presupuesto de la Ciudad de Mesquite incluye adiciones para la seguridad pública, las calles de la ciudad y la ciberseguridad. Las adiciones incluyen 15 nuevos puestos de policía y bomberos, másfondos para el mantenimiento de calles y callejones y una mejor protección de los datos electrónicos. Aunque la tasa del impuesto sobre la propiedad seguirá siendo la misma que el año pasado, debido al aumento en el valor de las propiedades, la Ciudad verá un aumento ensus ingresos. Es de ese modo que la Ciudad propone pagar por estosservicios adicionales. La ley estatal exige que los votantes de Mesquite aprueben la tasa de impuestos de este año que sobrepasa la tasa deimpuesto de 3.5% aprobada por los votantes. La Proposición A estaráen la boleta electoral del 2 de noviembre para que los votantes de Mesquite voten “A FAVOR” o “EN CONTRA” de la propuesta.

¿Cómo pueden afectar estas elecciones a los residentes mayores de 65 años?

Si los votantes aprueban la Proposición A, el dueño de casa promediopagaría alrededor de $10 más por mes en los impuestos de la Ciudad basado en el valor promedio de la propiedad en Mesquite. La tasa deimpuestos no afectaría a los dueños de viviendas que han calificado através de su tasador de propiedad para recibir la exención de impuestos a la propiedad para personas mayores de 65 años.

¿Cómo puedo saber si estoy inscrito para votaren estas elecciones?

Para verificar si está inscrito para votar en estas elecciones, llame al Departamento de Elecciones del Condado de Dallas al 214-819-6300, www.dallascountyvotes.org. Si vive en el Condado de Kaufman, llame a la Oficina de Inscripción de Votantes del Condado de Kaufman al 469-376-4595, www.kaufmancounty.net/elections/about/.

¿Cuándo serán las elecciones?

La votación anticipada tendrá lugar del 18 al 29 de octubre. El Día deElecciones es el 2 de noviembre, de 7 a. m. a 7 p. m.

¿Dónde puedo votar el Día de las Elecciones?

Los Departamentos de Elecciones de los Condados de Dallas y Kaufman utilizarán centros de votación en todo el condado, que permitirán a los votantes inscritos en Mesquite votar en cualquier centro de votación de su respectivo condado el día de las elecciones. Para obtener una lista completa de los centros de votación llame al Departamento de Elecciones del Condado de Dallas al 214-819-6300o a la Oficina de Inscripción de Votantes del Condado de Kaufman al 469-376-4595.

¿Puedo votar por correo?

Para obtener detalles sobre las solicitudes de boletas de votación porcorreo, comuníquese con el Departamento de Elecciones del Condadode Dallas al 214-819-6300 o con la Oficina de Inscripción de Votantesdel Condado de Kaufman al 469-376-4595, conforme al condado en elque esté registrado para votar.


Radio Interview on 2021 Tax Election

Wayne Larson, Director of Communications and Marketing, and Cliff Keheley, City Manager, discuss the 2021 Tax Election. The Mesquite City Council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2021-2022 budget, which keeps the City property tax rate the same as last year. The budget adds public safety, streets and cybersecurity resources to the City’s operations and maintenance of the community. State law requires that Mesquite voters approve this year’s tax rate which exceeds the 3.5% voter-approval tax rate. Proposition A will be on the Nov. 2 Ballot for Mesquite voters to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposition.