Mesquite, TX - October 1, 2021 - Pending the results of the 2021 Tax Election, the City of Mesquite will delay the issuance of 2022 property tax bills. This includes taxes levied by the City of Mesquite and Mesquite ISD, and Public Improvement District assessments (if applicable) for Polo Ridge Ranch Ph 1 PID, Heartland Town Center PID, Iron Horse PID, Polo Ridge Ranch Ph 2-6 PID. This will not affect the due date which will remain February 1, 2022. If payment is not received by February 1, 2022 the account will be considered delinquent.
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.
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:
- 5 additional Mesquite Police Officer positions to increase neighborhood patrols.
- 10 additional Mesquite Fire Department positions for faster and safer response times for calls for service.
- $750,000 in 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.
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.
Early voting is October 18 - 29. Election Day is November 2. For more information, please visit www.cityofmesquite.com/2021TaxElection.