Budget Insights

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Message from the Finance Director

The City of White Settlement is seeing progress in a growing revenue base but continues to take a conservative approach to additional programs and services in the City. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has allowed the City to add back staff in the community services departments that were laid off during COVID. We are also continuing our dedication to infrastructure and our continuing to build our Capital Improvement Plan with the creation of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) providing future funding for the large capital needs of the community.


Property Tax Rates by Type

The City strives to maintain the adoption of the voter approval rate which is 3.5% increase compared to the prior year, which was reduced from 8% in FY 2021. This allows the City to provide a consistent tax rate and bring in the necessary revenues to fund the City services. The City has chosen to focus on the areas detailed below.

The City Council and staff are dedicated to presenting and executing a balanced budget each year. This ensures all decisions made are sustainable for the future.

The City is committed to investing funds into public works projects for water, sewer, streets, stormwater, and meters. The City has an aging infrastructure and needs resources to maintain and improve the system for current and future residents of the City.

The City is committed to maintaining the service levels of the police department and our full-time fire deparment. This ensures the safety of current and future residents of the City.

The City is continuing to make strides towards bringing in more development for the growth and improvement of amentities within the City. The City is working with a consultant to bring in new developments and fresh ideas to capitalize on the City's location within DFW Metroplex.

Where does the funding come from?

Property Taxes and Charges for Services make up over 50% of the City's revenues sources with the majority of that coming from residents. Sales Taxes make up over 14% from sales in the City. Transfers In are funds moved between funds and not a tangible revenue source.

Where does the funding go?

Personnel is the largest expense for the City at over 34% with Contractual Services coming in second at over 28% due to obtaining water and wastewater treatment services from the City of Fort Worth.

General Fund Revenues

General Fund Expenses by Departments

General Fund Expenses by Expense Type

Major Changes from Prior Year

Added Positions: 2nd Code Officer, Mental Health Officer (ARPA), Athletic Coordinator (ARPA), Senior Clerk PT (ARPA), 2 Library Clerks PT (ARPA), Recreation Specialist PT (ARPA), Kennel Tech PT (ARPA)

Removed Positions:

Raises: $1,600 increase (non-civil service), 8% (2 Steps) (civil service)

The City had a 15% increase in medical insurance costs and a carrier change, 1% increase in unemployment costs, and a .01% increase in retirement costs.

The City is putting in a second retaining wall for erosion control at Bolliger & 341. This is ongoing process to protect the residential and commercial development along Farmer's Branch creek. Additionally, a drainage project will be completed on Clyde near the National Guard station.

The City will be working on 3 new complete street projects including Kimborough, Mirike, and Gibbs.

Summary of Changes Between Proposed and Adopted Budget

  • Decreased City Manager Reserves - ($35,218)
  • Added PT City Secretary $28,307
  • Added 2nd Code Officer - $62,136
  • Removed 3rd Party IT Services - ($48,000)
  • Changed Civil Service Raise from $1,600 to 8% Raise (2 Steps) - $72,502
  • Increased Fire Overtime - $38,903
  • Increased Dispatch Raise from $1,600 to 8.6% Raise & Reduced 1 Position - ($21,404)
  • Reduced Transfer from General Fund to Splash Dayz Fund - ($254,226)
  • Removed Splash Dayz Attraction - ($300,000)
  • Increased Lifeguard personnel costs - $36,581
  • Increased Front Gate personnel costs - $16,414