The City of Mesquite will host two Town Hall Tuesday meetings for residents to learn and ask questions about the upcoming Tax Rate Election.
The first Town Hall will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Florence Recreation Center, 2501 Whitson Way. The second meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Rutherford Recreation Center, 900 Rutherford Dr.
In recent community surveys, street maintenance and public safety were ranked by citizens as the biggest issues Mesquite will face in the next five years. Sixty-six percent of residents stated maintenance of city streets was a very high priority while 64 percent said quality police and fire services was a high priority.
In August, the Mesquite City Council unanimously approved the City’s 2023-24 budget that includes funding for roadway and alley reconstruction, additional police officers, a new fire station, staffing and equipment to operate the fire station, and a new Behavioral Health Division.
The budget will require an increase in the tax rate of $0.03186 per $100 ad valorem value. State law requires voter approval of the tax rate increase due to the additional revenue exceeding the tax cap of 3.5 percent. The measure, called Proposition A, will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. Early voting starts on Oct. 23.
To learn more about the Tax Rate Election, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/2023TaxElection.