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Posted on: September 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Council Approves FY 2021 Budget and Lowers Tax Rate

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On September 8, the League City Council unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2021 and approved a new tax rate of $0.5150, which is lower than the current tax rate of $0.5486.

The overall FY 2021 budget reflects responsible and conservative decision making in the midst of a global pandemic and focuses on maintaining City service levels while also meeting the needs of League City’s growing community. The budget includes a decrease in the City’s operating costs and capital project expenses from the previous year, as well as a property tax decrease. Since 2010, League City has reduced the property tax rate by 11.5 cents per $100 of appraised home value.

“Despite lowering our tax rate and decreasing our operating costs for the coming fiscal year, projects are still getting done, there is a very robust capital improvement program, employees are getting pay raises, we are hiring more project managers, giving our police officers body cameras, and increasing the funding for fire and EMS,” said League City Councilman Nick Long. “This is possible not only because of City staff and a great budget process, but because of our growing population and the steps we are taking for high quality growth and development that bring in new revenue. These are exciting times in League City, and I am glad we are continuing to move in the right direction”

The approved FY 2021 budget includes funding for a capital improvement project that will extend Hobbs Road to FM 517 and increased staffing in the Project Management and Engineering Departments to focus on the continued implementation of the 21 drainage and 10 mobility projects included in the 2019 Bond Program.

The approved budget also includes additional staff members in several other City departments, for a total addition of 9.5 full time equivalents. Staff additions include:

  • Civil Engineer/EIT
  • Construction Inspector III
  • Assistant Director in Project Management
  • Project Manager in Project Management
  • Financial Analyst in Budget Office
  • Meter Technician in Utility Billing
  • Part-Time Accounts Receivable Specialist in Utility Billing
  • Heavy Equipment Operator in Streets for Marsh Master
  • Crime Victim Advocate
  • Assistant Police Chief
  • Funding to move a Deputy Court Clerk from General Fund Municipal Courts to Utility Fund as a Utility Billing Representative due to changes in workload for each department
  • Reclassification of a Recreation Specialist/Recreation Track Administrator to a Recreation Supervisor

The approved FY 2021 budget includes funding for employee training, merit increases, and cost of living increases including:

  • 2.5% merit increases effective January 1, 2021
  • 0.5% for superior performance at City Manager’s discretion
  • 2% across-the-board cost of living increase for civil service police officers beginning January 2021
  • Step increases for eligible police officers
  • Increased training in EMS

The approved FY 2021 budget includes new vehicles and equipment including:

  • Body-worn cameras for Police Department
  • Marsh Master and Ford550 for Streets Department
  • 4 Power Lifting Systems for EMS ambulances
  • 20 Scott X3 PRO Firefighting Air Packs for Fire Department










On September 8, the League City Council unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2021 and approved a new a new tax rate of $0.5150, which is lower than the current tax rate of $0.5486.

The overall FY 2021 budget reflects responsible and conservative decision making in the midst of a global pandemic and focuses on maintaining City service levels while also meeting the needs of our growing community. The budget includes a decrease in the City’s operating costs and capital project expenses from the previous year, as well as a property tax decrease. Since 2010, League City has reduced the property tax rate by 11.5 cents per $100 of appraised home value.

The approved FY 2021 budget includes increased staffing in the Project Management and Engineering Departments to focus on the continued implementation of the drainage and mobility projects included in the 2019 Bond Program, as well as several other additional staff members, for a net addition of nine full time employees. Staff additions include: 

  • Civil Engineer/EIT 
  • Construction Inspector III 
  • Assistant Director in Project Management 
  • Project Manager in Project Management
  • Financial Analyst in Budget Office 
  • Meter Technician  in Utility Billing
  • Part-Time Accounts Receivable Specialist in Utility Billing
  • Heavy Equipment Operator in Streets for Marsh Master 
  • Crime Victim Advocate 
  • Assistant Police Chief 
  • Funding to move a Deputy Court Clerk from General Fund Municipal Courts to Utility Fund as a Utility Billing Representative due to changes in workload for each department

The approved FY 2021 budget includes the reclassification of the following positions: 

  • Reclassification of a Utility Maintenance Technician to a Utility Maintenance Crew Leader,
  • Reclassification of a Communications Coordinator to a Communications & Media Relations Manager,
  • Reclassification of a Deputy Fire Marshal IV to an Assistant Fire Marshal,
  • Reclassification of a Recreation Specialist/Recreation Track Administrator to a Recreation Supervisor,

The approved FY 2021 budget includes funding for employee merit and cost of living increases including: 

  • 2.5% merit increases effective January 1, 2021
  • 0.5% for superior performance at City Manager’s discretion
  • 2% across-the-board Civil Service cost of living increase for Civil Service Police Officers beginning January 2021 
  • Funding for sick leave buy back 

The approved FY 2021 budget includes new vehicles and equipment including:

  • Body Cameras for Police Department 
  • Ventrac compact tractor, Kubota plus attachments 
  • Kubota with dump bed 
  • Ford F150 Supercab 4x4 for Engineering Construction Inspector position
  • Ford Ranger for Utility Billing Meter Technician position
  • Marsh Master,
  • F550 to pull Marsh Master
  • 2 Power Lifting Systems for Ambulances – EMS
  • 20 Scott X3 PRO Firefighting Air Packs - Fire

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