In response to growing community concerns, the City of Mesquite has organized two Town Hall Tuesday sessions, aiming to provide a platform for residents to discuss the upcoming Tax Rate Election, Dallas Metro News reported.
The first gathering will take place at 6:30 p.m. on September 26th at the Florence Recreation Center, located at 2501 Whitson Way. The follow-up session is scheduled for the same time, 6:30 p.m., on October 10th, but at a different locale: the Rutherford Recreation Center, found at 900 Rutherford Drive.
This initiative was spurred by recent surveys showing that a majority of residents identify street maintenance and public safety as top concerns for the city in the next five years. Notably, 66% of respondents highlighted the importance of maintaining city roads, while 64% emphasized the quality of police and fire services as a primary concern.
Last August, the Mesquite City Council unanimously approved the city’s budget for 2023-24. This financial plan outlines a comprehensive approach, addressing not only infrastructure improvements but also increasing law enforcement resources. Additionally, the budget plans for the establishment of a new fire station with appropriate staffing and equipment, and the creation of a new Behavioral Health Division.
To support these endeavors, an increase in the city tax rate is necessary—specifically, an addition of $0.03186 per $100 of ad valorem value. Because this proposed rate exceeds the 3.5% state-mandated cap, it requires voter approval. Thus, residents will vote on Proposition A, listed on the November 7 ballot. For those who wish to vote early, the process begins on October 23.