FY2016-17 Budget Final

City of DeSoto, Texas

ANNUAL BUDGET ADOPTED Fiscal Year 2016-2017 PLANNING Fiscal Year 2017-2018

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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5 GFOA Budget Achievement Award Fiscal Year 2016 ------------------------------------- 7 Readers Guide ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 8 City Officials --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 Organizational Chart----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 Location & History of Desoto ------------------------------------------------------------------ 13 Community Profile ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15 BUSINESS PLAN ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 23 Vision Statement/Goals & Objectives/Business Plan------------------------------------- 24 BUDGET MESSAGE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 31 Transmittal Letter -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 32 BUDGET POLICIES ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 41 Calendar -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------43 City Charter Requirements --------------------------------------------------------------------- 44 Budget Policies ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 47 Basis of Budgeting and Accounting ---------------------------------------------------------- 49 Financial Policies --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 50 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 55 City of DeSoto Fund Structure Overview --------------------------------------------------- 57 Fund Structure ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 59 Budgeted Position History --------------------------------------------------------------------- 61 Changes in Budgeted Positions --------------------------------------------------------------- 83 Adopted Budget Summary by Category ---------------------------------------------------90 Explanation of Major Changes in Fund Balance------------------------------------------- 92 Combined Fund Statements ------------------------------------------------------------------- 106 Revenue Summary by Major Type – All Funds -------------------------------------------- 111 Three Year Comparison of Major Revenues – All Funds -----------------------------115 Expenditure Summary by Function ---------------------------------------------------------- 119 Expenditure Summary by Fund --------------------------------------------------------------- 121 Five Year Financial Forecast FY 2017-2021 ------------------------------------------------- 123 GENERAL FUND------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 141 Budget Summary-General Fund 101-102 ---------------------------------------- 143 Property Tax Rate History Chart ------------------------------------------------- 144 Sales Tax History Chart ------------------------------------------------------------ 145 Revenues by Category ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 146 Expenditures by Department Summary ---------------------------------------------------- 149 Administration ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------151

Financial Services------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 168 Development Services------------------------------------------------------------------------ 174 Parks & Recreation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------188 Public Safety (Police) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 200 Public Safety (Fire) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 210 Municipal Court-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 215 Library--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------218 Information Technology --------------------------------------------------------------------- 222 Human Resources ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 226 Use of Fund Balance ------------------------------------------------------------------------232 Non-Departmental -------------------------------------------------------------------233 Peg Fund ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 234 Budget Stabilization Fund ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 236 COOPERATIVE EFFORTS -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 239 Southwest Regional Communications Center (SWRCC) --------------------------------- 241 Jail Operations ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 252 SALES TAX CORPORATIONS --------------------------------------------------------------------- 256 DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Budget ----------------------------------- 258 DeSoto Park Development Budget ----------------------------------------------------------- 262 PUBLIC UTILITY FUNDS--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 264 Public Utilities Fund Department Charts --------------------------------------------------- 267 Budget Summary-Fund 502-------------------------------------------------------------------- 269 Administration Budget -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 270 Utility Billing Budget ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 272 Utility Field Operation Budget------------------------------------------------------------------------------274 Non-Departmental ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 276 Meter Replacement Fund 503----------------------------------------------------------------- 277 Equipment Replacement Fund 504 ---------------------------------------------------------- 278 Water & Sewer CIP Fund 508------------------------------------------------------------------ 279 STORM DRAINAGE UTILITY FUND ------------------------------------------------------------- 281 Functions Storm Drainage Utility Fund ------------------------------------------------------ 283 Revenue & Expenditure Chart ----------------------------------------------------------------- 284 Budget Summary-Fund 522-------------------------------------------------------------------- 285 Department/Program Budgets---------------------------------------------------------------- 286 Equipment Replacement Fund 524 ---------------------------------------------------------- 289 Drainage CIP Fund 528 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 290 SANITATION ENTERPRISE FUND---------------------------------------------------------------- 291 Functions Sanitation Enterprise Fund-------------------------------------------------------- 293 Revenue & Expenditure Chart ----------------------------------------------------------------- 294

Budget Summary-Fund 552-------------------------------------------------------------------- 295 Department/Program Budgets ---------------------------------------------------------------- 296 Equipment Replacement Fund 553 ---------------------------------------------------------- 300 HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUND----------------------------------------------------------------- 301 Functions Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund-------------------------------------------------------- 303 Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue History Chart ---------------------------------------------- 304 Budget Summary-Fund 221-------------------------------------------------------------------- 305 DEBT SERVICE FUND ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 307 Overview ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 309 Expenditures by Category ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 310 Budget Summary-Fund 305-------------------------------------------------------------------- 311 Computation of Legal Debt Margin ---------------------------------------------------------- 312 Per Capita Outstanding Debt ------------------------------------------------------------------ 313 Annual Debt Service Requirement until Maturity Chart --------------------------------- 314 Debt Retirement Schedules-------------------------------------------------------------------- 315 General Obligation Bonds ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 317 Certificate of Obligations----------------------------------------------------------------------- 337 Sales Tax Revenue Bonds----------------------------------------------------------------------- 353 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS------------------------------------------------------------------------ 357 Special Revenue Funds Overview Chart ---------------------------------------------------- 359 ALL OTHER FUNDS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 385 Maintenance and Equipment Replacement Funds Overview ------------------------- 387 Maintenance and Capital Project Funds Overview -------------------------------------- 398 CAPITAL PROJECTS PLAN------------------------------------------------------------------------- 408 Capital Improvement Plan Overview -------------------------------------------------------- 410 Capital Improvement Program Anticipated Bonded Projects -------------------------- 411 Capital Improvement Program Summaries------------------------------------------------- 412 Capital Improvement Plan Streets------------------------------------------------------------ 414 Capital Improvement Plan Storm Drainage ------------------------------------------------ 426 Water/Wastewater Master Plan ---------------------------------------------------- 433 Annual Repair/Replacement Program Details --------------------------------------------- 444 APPENDIX-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 447 Budget Glossary-List of Acronyms --------------------------------------------------------------------------------449 Budget Glossary ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 451 Budget Ordinance-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 462 Budget Tax Ordinance--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 467 Bond Ratings and Investment Policy Summarization ------------------------------------ 471 Top Ten Taxpayers ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 472 Special Revenue Funds Budget Summaries--------------------------------------------------361 Maintenance and Capital Project Funds Budget Summaries---------------------------400

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION Distinguished Budget Pre sen ta tion Award


City of DeSoto Texas For the Biennium Beginning October 1, 2015

Executive Director

City of DeSoto Reader’s Guide FY 2016-2017 Budget The purpose of this section of the budget document is to assist the reader in his or her efforts to understand the City’s program of services for the upcoming fiscal year. Introduction This section contains a listing of the key city officials of the City – the City Council, City Executives and Managing Directors. There is a state map of Texas on which the location of the City of DeSoto is identified. Additional historic and demographic information about the City is contained in this section. Business Plan and Vision Statement The section contains the City Council’s Vision Statement, an expression of the ideal DeSoto envisioned by the Council members. The Statement of Goals and Objectives also includes the Business Plan, which lists the action steps planned by City staff to accomplish the twelve goals developed by City Council in conjunction with the Vision Statement. The Vision Statement and Goals were developed by City Council in a Council work session. City management and the Managing Directors developed the action steps listed under each of the twelve goals. Budget Message This document, developed by the City Managers’ Office, highlights the objectives to be accomplished during FY 2017 in the City’s major funds. Policies This section highlights the policies underlying the development of the FY 2016-2017 budget • Budget Calendar • City Charter Requirements • City Budget Policies • Basis of Budget and Accounting • Financial Policies Financial Analysis This section contains a comprehensive overview of the City’s financial position • Three-Year History of Budgeted Positions – a listing of budgeted positions by fund and department. • Fund Structure – this document illustrates and explains the fund type and account groups utilized by the City of DeSoto. A companion document compares the measurement focus with the budgetary basis/basis of accounting employed by the City’s fund types and account groups. • Revenue Summary by Major Type – All Funds • Revenue Summary by Fund • Three Year Comparison of Major Expenditures – graphically illustrates changes in expenditures by major fund type. • Expenditure Summary by Fund

• Expenditure Summary by Function – All Funds General Fund This section of the budget contains the following: • Budget Summary – an expanded view of financial data presented in the Budget Summary by Fund Type in the Financial Analysis section. • Revenues by Category – provides additional detail of fund revenue by source. • Expenditure Summary by Department – provides additional detail of departmental expenditures. • Property Tax Rate History – graphic illustration of property tax rates over several years. • Sales Tax History – a graphic illustration of sales tax revenue over several years. The remainder of this section provides an illustration of department functions and a program summary for each General Fund department and division. Departments are traditionally the highest level organizational units of municipal government operations. Examples of departments are Police, Fire and Development Services. The division/program is the most basic unit of organization structure. A program identifies a grouping of similar, related work activities. Examples of divisions include Street Maintenance (Development Services) and Senior Center (Parks and Recreation). Cooperative Efforts This section provides the following information for the City’s regional initiatives: • Budget Update • Program Summaries Regional Communications provides police, fire, medical aid and emergency service communications to DeSoto and several neighboring cities. Jail Operations provides incarceration services to DeSoto and neighboring cities. Sales Tax Corporations This section provides budgetary information on the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation and the DeSoto Park Development Corporation. A portion of local sales taxes primarily funds these entities. Public Utility Fund This section of the budget contains the following: • an expanded view of financial data presented in the Budget Summary by Fund Type in the Financial Analysis section. • Public Utility Fund Major Revenue Sources - a graphic illustration of water and sewer revenue over several years. The remainder of this section provides an illustration of department functions, and a program summary for each Public Utility Fund department. Storm Drainage Utility and Sanitation Enterprise Funds These sections provide budgetary data for the City’s drainage and sanitation enterprise funds. This data consists of a Budget Summary – an expanded view of financial data presented in the Budget Summary by Fund Type in the Financial Analysis section and a program summary.

Hotel Occupancy Fund This section of the budget contains the following: • Budget Summary – an expanded view of financial data presented in the Budget Summary by Fund Type in the Financial Analysis section. • Hotel Occupancy Tax - a graphic illustration of hotel occupancy revenue over several years. Debt Service Fund This section provides the following information for the Debt Service fund: • Budget Summary – an expanded view of financial data presented in the Budget

Summary by Fund Type in the Financial Analysis section. • Annual Debt Service Requirements for all City debt issues. Special Revenue and All Other Funds

This section provides financial summaries for the remaining City funds. These funds are governmental Special Revenue funds, Capital Project and Equipment Replacement funds. Capital Improvement Plan This section provides an overview of the CIP program and a summary of planned CIP expenditures for the next five years in the following categories:

• Water and Sewer CIP • Street Improvements • Park Improvements • Drainage Improvements • Public Facilities

Appendix Contains the following documents • Budget acronyms and glossary • Bond ratings, investment and debt policies Please contact the City's Financial Services Department for questions related to the FY 2017 Budget Document at 972-230-9631.

City Officials City Council

Curtistene McCowan, Mayor Vigil Helm Deshaundra Lockhart-Jones Rachel Proctor Place One Place Two Place Three Mayor Pro Tem, Place Four

Richard North Candice Quarles James Zander Place Five Place Six Place Seven Executive Team

Tarron J. Richardson, PhD. City Manager

Tracie Hlavinka Assistant City Manager

Lora Stallings Assistant City Manager

Tamara Bell Managing Director S.W.R.C.C.

Isom Cameron Managing Director Public Utilities

Joseph Costa Police Chief

Jerry Duffield Fire Chief Joe Gorfida City Attorney

Derek T. Figert Managing Director Information Technology

Renee Johnson Managing Director Parks & Recreation

Tom Johnson Managing Director Development Services Tishia N. Jordan, CGFO Director of Budget Financial Services

Kathy Jones Community Relations Manager

Scott Kurth Judge DeSoto Municipal Court

Kerry McGeath Managing Director Library Services Letitia L. Shelton Director of Finance Financial Services

Kisha Morris City Secretary

Kathleen Shields Managing Director Human Resources

Citizens of DeSoto

City Secretary

Mayor & City Council

Office of the City Manager

Community Relations Community Initiatives Environmental Health Risk Management Assistant City Managers Action Center Records Management

Southwest Regional Communication Center

Financial Services

Controller Services (Accounting & Reporting, Accounts Payable, Payroll) Cash and Investment Management

Budget Debt Management Purchasing Services

Community Policing & Training Police Services and Admin Police Department

Code Enforcement

Municipal Court

Animal Control Regional Jail

Parks & Recreation Aquatics Park Maintenance Recreation & Civic Center

Development Services

Building Inspection

Facility Management Services Engineering & Construction Equipment Services

Senior Center Seasonal Programs

Street Maintenance Planning & Zoning

Information Technology

Library Services

Fire Department

Fire Rescue & Emergency Management Fire Prevention Fire & Emergency Medical Training

Human Resources

Civil Service

Public Utilities

Water/Wastewater Field Operations Utility Billing & Meter Reading

DeSoto is one of the oldest settlements in North Texas. It was in 1847, just eleven years after Texas won its independence from Mexico, that families first settled in the area that is now DeSoto. Curtis Parks, one of the first settlers in the DeSoto area, built his home in 1847. He came from Indiana with his wife Amelia. A few of the other early settler families to the area were Thomas Chesier, Zebedee Heath, Otway B. Nance, Allen Q. Nance, F. M. Hamilton, and John P. Voorhies. Around the year 1848, T. J. Johnson, fresh from Tennessee, built a tiny general merchandise store near the "crossroads." This crossroads was located where one road (just a wagon trail in those days) went from Dallas to the Shiloh community in Ellis County. Another trail crossed the road, running east and west, from Lancaster to Cedar Hill. This crossroads is now known as Belt Line and Hampton. In 1881, a post office was established and the settlement was given the name of DeSoto in honor of Dr. Thomas Hernando DeSoto Stewart, a beloved doctor dedicated to the community. During those early years DeSoto remained a farming community and not much changed until the 1940s. After World War II the area began to grow, as did all of the towns and cities in Dallas County. Because of growth that the community was experiencing, the people felt the need to incorporate in order to improve an inadequate water distribution system. On February 17, 1949, a petition signed by 42 eligible voters was presented to Dallas County Judge W. L. Sterrett requesting an election for incorporation. The election was held on March 2, 1949, with 50 votes in favor of incorporation and 2 opposed. On March 3, 1949, the results of the election were entered into the records of the Commissioners Court of Dallas County, thereby creating the City of DeSoto. On March 15, 1949, a City Officers election was held. Wayne A. Chowning was elected mayor, and T.O. Hash, Malcolm Hamm, S.I. Vaughn, Roy E. Spurgin and A. P. Bagby were elected councilmen (aldermen at that time.) The first called City Council meeting was held at the schoolhouse on E. Belt Line Road on March 17, 1949 with C. H. Estes appointed as City Secretary. It was determined that the City of DeSoto had a population of approximately 400. Thus, DeSoto became the nineteenth organized municipality in Dallas County. Since its incorporation, 21 mayors have served DeSoto including:

W. A. Chowning J. B. Wadlington

E. G. Anderson L. C. Moseley

H. H. Chandler Charles Harwell Ernest Roberts Michael Hurtt Bobby Waddle Carl Sherman

L. C. Zeiger

Dr. Robert Nunneley

Roy Orr

Willis Russell Richard Rozier Floyd Huffstutler

Durward Davis David Doyle Willis Dawson

John Campbell The City of DeSoto celebrated the 50 th anniversary of its incorporation on March 3, 1999. Curtistene McCowan


DeSoto Economic Development Corporation

Updated July 2016

Location The City of DeSoto, TX, is located in the Central Time Zone in southern Dallas County. DeSoto is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, which consists of twelve counties and over 200 cities and towns, including Dallas and Fort Worth. The DFW Metroplex is home to over 7 million people and covers 9,249 square miles. Its economy is one of the healthiest in the country due to its central location, DFW International Airport and other transportation resources, 19 Fortune 500 company headquarters, and an extremely diversified economic base.


Highways DeSoto is strategically positioned to all major highway and Interstate connections in the DFW Metroplex. East-West IH 20, located less than a mile north of DeSoto, provides direct access to Tyler and Shreveport, east of the Metroplex and Fort Worth to the west. IH 30, accessible via IH 20 & IH 635, provides direct access to Little Rock. North-South DeSoto offers 4 miles of frontage along the west side of Interstate 35E (NAFTA). IH 35E extends southward to Austin and San Antonio and northward to Oklahoma City and Kansas City. U.S. Highway 67 intersects DeSoto on the west at Wheatland Road and IH 35E to the north in Dallas. Air Service DFW International Airport Dallas/Fort Worth International is ranked as the ninth busiest airport in the world and serves more than 63 million passengers with nearly 1,900 flights per day. DFW provides nonstop service to 36 international and 133 domestic destinations. Flying times to any major North American city takes less than four hours. Dallas Love Field Dallas Love Field is served by three airlines (Southwest, American/American Eagle & Continental Express) offering passenger service to U.S. locations. Dallas Executive Airport Dallas Executive Airport is a public commercial airport serving local businesses. Facilities include a 6,451 ft. concrete/asphalt runway, fixed base operations and instrument landing system. DeSoto Heliport The DeSoto Heliport includes 35,000 SF of terminal/hangar space, accommodations for both large and small helicopters, Jet-A and 100LL available 24 hours at self-serve fuel island. DeSoto Heliport is 12 miles southeast of downtown Dallas and has easy access to all DFW business centers.

Travel Times All locations in DeSoto can be reached within 15 minutes. DeSoto is also easily accessible from all parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex via nearby major highways. Destination Miles Travel Time DFW International Airport 31 miles 35 minutes Dallas Love Field Airport 18 miles 22 minutes Dallas Executive Airport 5 miles 8 minutes Downtown Dallas 12 miles 15 minutes Downtown Fort Worth 32 miles 35 minutes

Regional Population Growth

DeSoto Population




Dallas County




2000 5,161,544 2005 2,330,050 5,823,043 2010 2,368,139 6,447,615 2014 2,480,331 6,754,588 2015 2,496,364 7,135,507 2020 2,636,066 7,960,117 2,218,899







Source: U.S Census Bureau, July 2015 (estimates)

Source: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Texas A&M Real Estate Center, Texas Dept. of State Health Services

DeSoto Household Growth Total Households in DeSoto Year Households Percentage Increase 2000 13,010 - 2003 14,440 11% 2006 16,611 15% 2008 18,340 10% 2010 20,286 6% Source: U.S. Bureau of Census, North Central Texas Council of Governments, and USA.com, Inc., Sep. 2014. 2014 Average Household Income $ 71,680 2014 Median Household Income $ 60,945 2014 Per Capita Income $ 27,576 Source: City-Data.com, Sep. 2014

DeSoto Age & Education Age Range Percent of Total Population 00 to 20 years old 31.0 % 21 to 44 years old 30.1 % 45 to 54 years old 14.5 % 55 to 65+ years old 24.4 % Total 100.00 %

Source: Claritas, Inc., Sep. 2015 Average Age

35.9 years

Median Age 36.1 years Population Age 25+ High School Degree or Higher: 92.5 Population Age 25+ Associate’s Degree or Higher: 38.0

Property Tax Rates 2016 Ad Valorem Tax Rates (Per $100 Assessed Value) Property in DeSoto Independent School District City of DeSoto 0.7449 DeSoto ISD 1.4600 Dallas County 0.252371 Dallas Comm. College 0.1229 Parkland 0.2794 Total 2.859571 Property in Dallas Independent School District City of DeSoto 0.7449 Dallas ISD 1.2821 Dallas County 0.252371 Dallas Comm. College 0.1229 Parkland 0.2794 Total 2.681671 The City of DeSoto includes property in three school districts. Only a limited area is in the Duncanville Independent School Property Tax Exemptions Residence homestead exemptions for 2011 are listed below. Applications for the exemptions are required to be filed in a timely manner. City of DeSoto DeSoto ISD Homestead None $15,000 Over 65 $30,000 $25,000 Disabled Person $25,000 $25,000

Sales Tax Rates

State Sales Tax

6.250 %

City of DeSoto

1.000 %


.125 %

Property Tax Relief

.500 %

Economic Development

.375 %


8.250 %

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Corporate Franchise Tax A corporate franchise tax is levied in Texas in place of a corporate income tax. The tax is levied on businesses organized in the corporate form in Texas. Corporations are taxed at the rate of the greater of $2.50 per $1,000 of net taxable capital or 4.5% of net taxable earned surplus.

Income Tax The State of Texas does not impose a personal or corporate income tax.

Hotel Occupancy Tax In the State of Texas, the hotel occupancy tax is 6% with individual cities having the option to add up to 7% tax. The total hotel tax in the City of DeSoto is 13%.

DeSoto Workforce

DFW MSA Workforce Dallas/FW/Arlington MSA Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employed 3,577,800 Civilian Unemployed 143,900 Unemployment Rate 4.0%

DeSoto Civilian Labor Force Estimate Civilian Employed


Civilian Unemployed


Unemployment Rate


Source: Texas Workforce Commission, September 2015

Source: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2015

Top Employers in DeSoto The largest employers in DeSoto include an e-commerce fulfilment center, retailers, manufacturers, health care providers, and governmental organizations. Name Business Employment DeSoto ISD Public Education 1,104 Kohl’s e-Commerce Distributor 500 Solar Turbines, Inc. Manufacturer 400 City of DeSoto Government 400 GlasFloss Industries Manufacturer/HQ 300 Williamsburg Village Healthcare 300 NFI Industries Logistics 250 Marten Transport Distributor/Logistics 250 Wal-Mart Distribution Distributor 250 Hickory Trail Hospital Healthcare 250 The Cedars Healthcare 190 DW Distribution Inc. Distributor 150 Cintas Distributor 150 Trybus Corporation Apparel 150 Vibra Hospital Healthcare 145 Park Manor Healthcare 125 SEW Eurodrive Manufacturer 100

The DFW Metroplex labor force brings diversified skills to the marketplace. 2014 non-farm employment in the DFW MSA totals 3,577,800 in various NAICS Sectors. Industry Employment Estimate Natural Res., Mining & Construction 197,400 Manufacturing 262,000 Trade, Transportation & Public Utilities 706,600 Information 81,200 Financial, Insurance & RE 277,300 Professional & Business Services 1,468,000 -Education & Health Services -Leisure & Hospitality -Other Services Government 408,600 Total Non-Agricultural 3,577,800

Source: DeSoto EDC, July 2016

Source: Greater Dallas Chamber/U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Community Services

Electric Power Transmission Voltage:

Oncor Electric Delivery

Health Care Hospitals

69 KV 138 KV 345 KV




Service Voltage:

120/208 120/240 240/480 277/480

Psychiatric Hospitals




Reliability: 99.973948 The City of DeSoto is in an area of Texas designated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas as ‘open to competition’. While Oncor Electric Delivery provides the transmission & distribution services, each customer can choose a preferred Retail Electric Provider. See www.powertochoose.com for more information.

Nursing Homes




Senior Living Centers Newspapers Focus Daily News




Published twice weekly

The Dallas Morning News

Published daily


Hotels/Motels 815 Total Rooms

Natural Gas Atmos Energy Distribution: 30 in. transmission lines, 720 psi pressure

Bank of America

Bank of DeSoto

Hampton Inn & Suites

Distribution Pressure: 55 MAOP BTU content per cubic foot: 1,050


Holiday Inn & Suites


La Quinta Inn

Inwood Bank

Clarion Hotels


City of DeSoto

Plains Capital Bank

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Source: Contract with Dallas Water Utilities Maximum System Capacity (Daily): 33.0 M gallons Maximum Use To Date (Daily): 14.75 M gallons Pressure on Mains: 80 psi Size of Mains: 6 in., 8 in., 12 in., 16 in., 24 in., 30 in. Storage Capacity: 18.0 M gallons City of DeSoto Source: Contract with Trinity River Authority Maximum System Capacity (Daily): 24 M gallons Maximum Use To Date (Daily): 10 M gallons Sewer

Wells Fargo

Days Inn & Suites

BB&T Bank

GLo by Best Western*

Freight Carriers

Home 2 Suites by Hilton* Fire Insurance Rating

Over 50 motor freight carriers

ISO Rating: 1

and 5 parcel service providers

serve the City of DeSoto.

City Government

Type Government:

Council/Manager Home Rule Charter

Number on City Council:


Police Personnel:


Fire Personnel:


Telephone Cable TV

AT&T & others



AT&T U Verse and Time Warner

Total City Employees:


Total Annual Budget:


Trash Collection

Republic Services Time Warner, AT&T

Land Area (square miles):



* FY 2016 budget revenue Source: City of DeSoto

Education DeSoto Independent School District


Facilities Elementary (Pre K - 5)

Woodridge Elementary Cockrell Hill Elementary Frank D. Moates Elementary Northside Elementary Ruby Young Elementary Amber Terrace Elementary The Meadows Elementary DeSoto East Middle School DeSoto West Middle School McCowan Middle School DeSoto Freshman Campus DeSoto High School

With a current enrollment just under 9,900 students, the DeSoto Independent School District is a small, suburban district 15 miles south of Dallas. The 23 square mile district serves students in the communities of DeSoto, Glenn Heights and Ovilla with twelve campuses. The district enjoys community support of academics and athletics, along with taxpayer support for upgraded facilities, technology and instructional. Every school provides outstanding academic instruction supported by pyramids of intervention, enrichment and privileges. The district vision, mission, values, goals and objectives are clearly defined - all part of the Academic Excellence by Design framework focusing on the ‘main thing’ – student learning. The district and community have bonded to develop a system of schooling where all students are expected to graduate with character, intellectual preparedness and personal leadership as outlined in the district’s Portrait of a Graduate. To that end, all campus, department and district improvement plans provide opportunities for students to achieve. Every school provides outstanding academic instruction supported by pyramids of instructional intervention, enrichment, behavior intervention and privileges. The achievements of DeSoto ISD students have been remarkable: • The DeSoto school district is one of 13 organizations nationwide to receive a $2.9 million grant through the Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition sponsored by the Department of Education • The Collegiate Magnet Program - DeSoto High School students (starting in 8th grade) can earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree simultaneously through enrollment at Cedar Valley College. • The DeSoto ISD has achieved above state average Advanced Placement Participation, Graduation Rates, Attendance Rates and SAT/ACT Scores • The District’s Band, Choir and ROTC programs compete nationally every year. Athletics programs are competitive annually in 6A State playoffs for football, boys and girls basketball and track & field - including 2007, 2016 Girls Track & Field State Champions, 2016 Boys Track & Field State Champions and 2016 Boys Basketball 6A State Champions • The district is led by the 2016 Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, Dr. David Harris

Middle School (6 – 8)

High School (9 – 12)

Private Schools Arbor Acre Preparatory Cross of Christ Lutheran Ashbury Acad. Montessori DeSoto Private School Brook Hollow Christian Grace Christian Academy Calvary Christian Park Ridge Academy Canterbury Episcopal Trinity Christian School Turning Point Christian Academy Southport Private School

Charter School

Secondary Education

Uplift Gradus Prep (K-5)

ITT Technical Institute


Lane Miles of Streets


Miles of Alleys


Number of Fire Stations


Number of Police Stations


Number of Parks


Number of Libraries


Public Swimming Pools


Source: City of DeSoto

DeSoto Incentives Economic development incentives are used to encourage industrial and commercial retail/office business growth and development in DeSoto. Tax Abatement Up to 90% Tax abatement may be available for 10 years on new real property improvements, machinery, and/or equip- ment for qualifying businesses. Minimum requirements are: An investment of $1.0 million for new construction or development, or an investment of $1.0 million for expansion of an existing facility or investment in machinery and/or equipment and at least 25 new jobs. Application for abatement is required prior to the commencement of construction or purchase of business personal property. Triple Freeport Equivalency Under Section 380 of the Local Texas Government Code, the City may grant cash rebates to a business to equal up to 100% of the value of the taxed freeport inventory. Inventory must first qualify for freeport through the Dallas Central Appraisal District and the Dallas ISD. Infrastructure Participation The DeSoto EDC will consider offering full or partial financial assistance to build and/or improve roads, install utilities, and upgrade infrastructure to encourage business growth and development in DeSoto. Sales Tax Rebates The City of DeSoto will consider refunding a portion of the sales tax applicable to sales made by desired retail establish- ments in designated neighborhood empowerment zones. Economic Development Cash Grants Infrastructure grants may be available to new, expanding, and relocating companies which are planning to make a new investment in DeSoto. Grants are screened by the incentive application submitted and a return on investment analysis. These grants may be used to renovate existing facilities, pay any associated construction fees, buy down the price of land, prepare the site, conduct engineering studies, or pay for any other activity necessary for a new, expanding, or relocating business.

DeSoto Advantages DeSoto offers a competitive advantage for new, relocating, and expanding businesses. The combination of quality of life amenities and economic benefits produces an environment conducive to personal fulfillment and business prosperity. Developed Industrial Park More than 400 acres of land are available for industrial and commercial development within the DeSoto Eagle Industrial and Business Park. Hillwood’s Crossroads Trade Center in the Industrial Park offers 1.2 million square feet of build-to- suit distribution or light industrial space for lease at Centre Commercial and industrial sites are 'shovel-ready' for about $1.00 - $1.75 per sf. Retail and office sites along Interstate 35E are $8 - $12.00 per sf, and similar sites with frontage along major thoroughfares within the city are $10 - $14.00 per sf. Convenient Interstate and Highway Access DeSoto has 4 miles of frontage on Interstate 35E (NAFTA) and is less than 1 mile south of Interstate 20 and 1 mile east of US Hwy 67. The city is also 2 miles west of Interstate 45 which provides access to the Port of Houston. Texas FM 1528 (Belt Line Road) runs east & west through DeSoto, connecting U.S. Hwy 67 to IH-35E. DeSoto also has quick access to U.S. Hwy 175 and IH-30 via connections to IH-20 and IH-635. The Dallas Central Business District can be reached in 15 minutes and DFW International Airport is only 35 minutes away. Dynamic and Growing Local Economy DeSoto’s population - per the 2010 U.S Census - is 49,047, a 26% growth rate since 2000, with an increase of 24% in the number of households during that same time. The number of building permits issued has steadily risen, and new construction totaled over $82 million for FY 2014-2015. Plentiful Labor Supply The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (MSA) employs a labor force of more than 3,577,800 workers. DeSoto draws from the skilled labor force, and over thirty five universities and community colleges in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Park Blvd and IH-35E. Low Cost Land Prices


DeSoto Economic Development Corporation


972-230-9611 972-230-9670 www.dedc.org

211 E. Pleasant Run Road DeSoto, TX 75115



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CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS PLAN FY2017 Goals and Objectives

CITY COUNCIL VISION STATEMENT DeSoto is an All-America City, rich in history, where people come to live, work and play in a prosperous, attractive, culturally-inclusive community that is a destination for arts, family entertainment and sports.



A. Collaborate with Best Southwest Cities, with the primary focus on DeSoto, for public transportation services, such as a trolley or shuttle. 1. Explore and implement a pilot transportation program, targeting the senior citizen and disabled population. a. Seek private partnerships within the region. 1. Care Flight paid transportation service 2. Fee-based shuttle service 3. Red Cross fee-based service b. Host a summit with faith-based partnerships within the region. 1. DeSoto Police and Clergy (DPAC) CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4) 2. Host a Town Hall Meeting to update the public about ongoing Best 3. Explore the feasibility of implementing elements of the Transportation Study. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4) 4. Explore funding and/or grant opportunities for a transportation program in DeSoto. a. Contact Federal officials and/or NCTCOG regarding possible funding assistance. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4) b. Contact legislators to inquire about grant opportunities. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4) Southwest transportation efforts. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4)

B. Continue DeSoto’s online presence through the City website and social- networking sites, to improve communication and promote our image as a progressive All-America City. 1. Promote mobile application use of push-notification technology. a. Go Request App b. 4-1-1 Mobile App c. Code Red Text Notifications d. City of DeSoto App e. Text to 9-1-1 ALL DEPARTMENTS (Quarters 1-4) 2. Expand opportunities for use of “Notify Me” email and/or text

notifications sent via the City website. ALL DEPARTMENTS (Quarters 1-4)


Explore auto-dial alternatives to the existing Code Red services that allow for citizen notifications by phone. ALL DEPARTMENTS (Quarters 1-4)

C. Increase the value of commercial assets through new development and redevelopment. 1. Encourage development on the remaining undeveloped areas at the intersection of Belt Line Road and Westmoreland Road. Facilitate growth and development in the Northwest Medical District. 2. Support the effort to attract new retail tenants to the Town Center Project. 3. Provide assistance, as appropriate, for the redevelopment of the areas along the Hampton Road Corridor. 4. Encourage potential developers to acquire or retrofit the former Kmart building. 5. Encourage the development of a civic/events center. 6. Explore commercial, retail and industrial businesses on which to focus for City-wide economic development. 7. Provide, as appropriate, assistance for the continued development around the heliport area. DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, CITY COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE (Quarters 1-4) D. Seek employment-focused economic development. 1. Publish announcements in the City Lights Newsletter and the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation website. 2. Advertise announcements on City median marquis. DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (Quarters 1-4) E. Explore youth employment/career opportunities. 1. Continue to support the Parks & Recreation Youth Career Camp effort, such as part of the Summertime on Belt Line Program.

2. Form new partnerships for mentoring, job training, and employment. 3. Continue to host the Mayor for a Day, Police Chief for a Day, Municipal Judge for a Day, and Fire Chief for a Day Programs. 4. Host the Library “Everything Teen” Event, to promote career and leadership development for youth. MAYOR, LIBRARY, PARKS & RECREATION, POLICE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND MUNICIPAL COURT (Quarters 1-4) F. Consider re-design of the Library children’s area and circulation desk area. LIBRARY (Quarters 1-4) GOAL 2) CONTINUE LEADERSHIP ROLE IN COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS IN COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE REGION A. Continue discussions regarding the Regional Economic Development Initiative with the Best Southwest Partnership. CITY COUNCIL AND DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BOARD (Quarters 1-4) GOAL 3) MAINTAIN DESOTO AS A SAFE, CLEAN, AND ATTRACTIVE COMMUNITY A. Develop and update the 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan. CITY COUNCIL, CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Quarters 1-4) B. Implement the FY2017 Capital Improvement Plan. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Quarters 1-4) C. Create an incentive program that assists Hampton Road businesses with façade and exterior upgrades. DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (Quarters 1-4) D. Implement the construction of fencing/screening along the south side of Pleasant Run Road, between Shadywood Lane and Hunters Creek Drive. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND CODE ENFORCEMENT (Quarters 1- 4) E. Continue to implement a Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Program. 1. Implement the two-year Domestic Violence Strategic Plan. a. Employ prevention measures and awareness initiatives, such as social media posts, website, billboards, water bill inserts and other printed material, as well as presentations at area schools, churches, and non-profit organizations.


Explore partnerships in furtherance of the Program mission. a. Public and private schools b. Churches c. Non-profit organizations d. Public-private partnerships

3. Implement violence intervention, mitigation and recovery initiatives. a. Create a resource repository within the Police Department, to provide for concise resource coordination. b. Provide counseling services for victims, children, and abusers. c. Create a support, intervention, and relational model. 1. Train members of the DeSoto Police and Clergy (DPAC) Ministers On Call Program. 4. Videotape a roundtable discussion for the Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Program. 5. Continue to present Mayoral Proclamations for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month in February, and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in April. CITY COUNCIL, POLICE DEPARTMENT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVISORY COMMISSION (Quarters 1-4) F. Continue to maintain the Fire Department Public Protection Classification ISO 1 rating. 1. Educate the public about the ISO 1 rating for commercial businesses. FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (Quarters 1-4) 2. Utilize the ISO 1 rating to attract commercial businesses to DeSoto. DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (Quarters 1-4) G. Develop a Debris Management Plan and present it for FEMA approval. ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER – COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND ALL DEPARTMENTS (Quarters 1-4) RECOGNIZE, PRESERVE AND CELEBRATE DESOTO’S HISTORY A. Capture and provide to the public DeSoto’s history (other than Nance Farm), by videotaping a Focus on DeSoto Today session that showcases the contributions of DeSoto citizens. MAYOR, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER AND DESOTO TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION BOARD (Quarters 1-4) B. Explore the feasibility of hosting a multi-cultural museum at Nance Farm. DESOTO, TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION BOARD AND ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER - ADMINISTRATION (Quarters 1-4)


C. Explore the feasibility of hosting a virtual museum exhibit at Nance Farm and online. DESOTO, TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION BOARD AND ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER - ADMINISTRATION (Quarters 1-4) GOAL 5) MAINTAIN A QUALITY WORKPLACE FOR EMPLOYEES A. The City Council will host an Employee Appreciation Luncheon in the spring of 2017. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 2-3) B. Continue to enhance the Employee Wellness Program to encourage employee fitness and health improvements. HUMAN RESOURCES (Quarters 1-4) GOAL 6) BECOME A DESTINATION FOR ARTS, FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS A. Continue partnerships with the Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau and DeSoto hoteliers, to develop a regional audience for events taking place in City of DeSoto facilities. PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER AND PARKS AND RECREATION (Quarters 1-4 ) B. Collaborate with the DeSoto Independent School District and private entities to create a long-term financial plan for the construction of a recreation center / aquatics center in DeSoto. CITY COUNCIL AND PARKS & RECREATION (Quarters 1-4) C. Explore an entertainment venue that will target youth-focused events. DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (Quarters 1-4) D. Explore a movie-grill type venue. DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (Quarters 1-4) E. Build partnership with the DeSoto Independent School District, to enhance the Facility Use Agreement to include arts/theatre venue. CITY COUNCIL AND PARKS & RECREATION (Quarters 1-4) Develop a “black box” theater. PARKS & RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Quarters 1- 2) F.




Increase involvement of the Veterans Affairs Committee. MAYOR, CITY SECRETARY, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, LIBRARY, FIRE DEPARTMENT (Quarters 1-4)

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