City of DeSoto, Texas 



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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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------32 Transmittal Letter -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 33 BUDGET POLICIES -----------------------------------------------------------------------------40 Calendar -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------42 City Charter Requirements ------------------------------------------------------------------ 43 Budget Policies --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 46 Basis of Budgeting and Accounting ------------------------------------------------------- 48 Financial Policies ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 49 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 54 City of DeSoto Fund Structure Overview ---------------------------------------------------- 56 Fund Structure ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 58 Budgeted Position History ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 60 Changes in Budgeted Positions ---------------------------------------------------------------- 74 Adopted Budget Summary by Category ----------------------------------------------------81 Explanation of Major Changes in Fund Balance-------------------------------------------- 82 Combined Fund Statements -------------------------------------------------------------------- 97 Revenue Summary by Major Type – All Funds --------------------------------------------101 Three Year Comparison of Major Revenues – All Funds-----------------------------106 Expenditure Summary by Function ----------------------------------------------------------110 Expenditure Summary by Fund ---------------------------------------------------------------113 Five Year Financial Forecast FY 2017-2022 ------------------------------------------------- 115 GENERAL FUND ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 129 Budget Summary-General Fund 101-102 ---------------------------------------- 130 Property Tax Rate History Chart ------------------------------------------------- 131 Sales Tax History Chart ------------------------------------------------------------ 132 Revenues by Category ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 133 Expenditures by Department Summary ---------------------------------------------------- 137

Administration ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 139

Financial Services------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 157 Development Services------------------------------------------------------------------------ 163 Parks & Recreation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------177 Public Safety (Police) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 189 Public Safety (Fire) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 199 Municipal Court-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 206 Library -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------209 Information Technology --------------------------------------------------------------------- 212 Human Resources ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 217 Use of Fund Balance ------------------------------------------------------------------------223 Non-Departmental -------------------------------------------------------------------224 Peg Fund ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 225 Budget Stabilization Fund ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 227 COOPERATIVE EFFORTS --------------------------------------------------------------------- 230 Southwest Regional Communications Center (SWRCC) ----------------------------- 231 Jail Operations -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 241 SALES TAX CORPORATIONS ----------------------------------------------------------------- 245 DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Budget ------------------------------- 247 DeSoto Park Development Budget ------------------------------------------------------- 252 PUBLIC UTILITY FUNDS--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 255 Public Utilities Fund Department Charts ------------------------------------------------258 Budget Summary-Fund 502 -------------------------------------------------------------------- 260 Administration Budget -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 261 Utility Billing Budget ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 263 Utility Field Operation Budget --------------------------------------------------------------------- 265 Non-Departmental ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 267 Meter Replacement Fund 503----------------------------------------------------------------- 268 Equipment Replacement Fund 504 ----------------------------------------------------- 269 Water & Sewer CIP Fund 508------------------------------------------------------------- 270 STORM DRAINAGE UTILITY FUND ------------------------------------------------------- 271 Functions Storm Drainage Utility Fund ------------------------------------------------- 273 Revenue & Expenditure Chart --------------------------------------------------------- 274 Budget Summary-Fund 522 ------------------------------------------------------------- 275 Department/Program Budgets -------------------------------------------------------- 278 Equipment Replacement Fund 524 ---------------------------------------------------- 279 Drainage CIP Fund 528 -------------------------------------------------------------------- 280 SANITATION ENTERPRISE FUND----------------------------------------------------------281 Functions Sanitation EnterpriseFund ---------------------------------------------283 Revenue & Expenditure Chart-------------------------------------------------------- 284

Budget Summary-Fund 552 ------------------------------------------------------------------- 285 Department/Program Budgets ----------------------------------------------------------------286 Equipment Replacement Fund 553 ----------------------------------------------------------- 290 HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUND ------------------------------------------------------------ 291 Functions Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund---------------------------------------------------- 293 Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue History Chart ---------------------------------------- 294 Budget Summary-Fund 221--------------------------------------------------------------- 295 DEBT SERVICE FUND ----------------------------------------------------------------------------297 Overview ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 299 Expenditures by Category -------------------------------------------------------------------- 300 Budget Summary-Fund 305 ------------------------------------------------------------------ 301 Computation of Legal Debt Margin -------------------------------------------------------- 302 Per Capita Outstanding Debt -------------------------------------------------------------- 303 Annual Debt Service Requirement until Maturity Chart ------------------------ 304 Debt Retirement Schedules --------------------------------------------------------------- 304 General Obligation Bonds ------------------------------------------------------------------ 306 Certificate of Obligations ------------------------------------------------------------------- 330 Sales Tax Revenue Bonds---------------------------------------------------------------------- 349 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS------------------------------------------------------------------------ 351 Special Revenue Funds Overview Chart ---------------------------------------------------- 353 ALL OTHER FUNDS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 379 Maintenance and Equipment Replacement Funds Overview -----------------------380 Maintenance and Capital Project Funds Overview --------------------------------------- 391 CAPITAL PROJECTS PLAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 401 Capital Improvement Plan Overview ----------------------------------------------------- 403 Capital Improvement Program Anticipated Bonded Projects ------------------------- 404 Capital Improvement Program Summaries ----------------------------------------------- 405 Capital Improvement Plan Streets ----------------------------------------------------------- 421 Capital Improvement Plan Storm Drainage ----------------------------------------------- 434 Water/Wastewater Master Plan ----------------------------------------------- 442 Annual Repair/Replacement Program Details ---------------------------------------------- 444 APPENDIX ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 459 Budget Glossary-List of Acronyms --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 461 Budget Glossary ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 462 Budget Ordinance --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 473 Budget Tax Ordinance ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 480 Bond Ratings and Investment Policy Summarization --------------------------------- 484 Top Ten Taxpayers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 485

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City of DeSoto Reader’s Guide FY 2017-2018 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 2018 in the City’s major funds. Policies This section highlights the policies underlying the development of the FY 2017-2018 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 2018 Budget Document at 972-230-96 78 .

City Officials City Council

Curtistene McCowan, Mayor

Vigil Helm Place Two

Deshaundra Lockhart-Jones

Rachel Proctor

Place One

Place Three

Mayor Pro Tem, Place Four

Kenzie Moore

Richard North

Candice Quarles

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

T racy L. Cormier , 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

L. C. Zeiger

Dr. Robert Nunneley Ernest Roberts

Roy Orr

Willis Russell Richard Rozier Floyd Huffstutler

Michael Hurtt Bobby Waddle Carl Sherman

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 2017

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.


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.


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. IH45, accessible via IH20 provides direct access to Houston.

Air Service

DFW International Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International is ranked as the eleventh busiest airport in the world and serves more than 65 million passengers with nearly 1,900 flights per day. DFW provides nonstop service to 58 international and 149 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 (Delta, Southwest & Virgin America) offering passenger service to U.S. locations.

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.

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.



Travel Time

DFW International Airport 31 miles

35 minutes

Dallas Love Field Airport

22 minutes

18 miles

DeSoto Heliport

Dallas Executive Airport 5 miles

8 minutes

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.

Downtown Dallas

15 minutes

12 miles

Downtown Fort Worth 32 miles

35 minutes

DeSoto Community Profile - Page 1

Regional Population Growth

DeSoto Population




Dallas County









2005 2,330,050





2,368,139 6,447,615



2014 2,480,331 6,754,588




2,496,364 7,135,507






Source: Texas Wide Open for Business




Source: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Texas A&M Real Estate

Center, Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Texas Wide Open for Business

DeSoto Age & Education

DeSoto Household Growth

Total Households in DeSoto

Age Range

Percent of Total Population



Percentage Increase

00 to 24 years old

35.0 %




25 to 44 years old

24.9 %




45 to 54 years old

14.5 %




55 to 65+ years old

25.6 %





100.00 %




Source: Demographic Now



Average Age

35.9 years


Median Age

38.2 years

Source: U.S. Bureau of Census, North Central Texas Council of Governments, and, Inc., Sep. 2014.z, Texas Wide Open for Business

Population Age 25+ High School Degree or Higher: 92.5%

2016 Average Household Income

$ 71,700

Population Age 25+ Associate’s Degree or Higher: 38.0%

2014 Median Household Income

$ 61,940

2014 Per Capita Income

$ 29,768

Source: Texas Wide Open for Business, Demographics Now

Source: Texas Wide Open for Business

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Property Tax Rates 201 7 -1 8 Ad Valorem Tax Rates (Per $100 Assessed Value)

Sales Tax Rates

State Sales Tax

6.25 %

Property in DeSoto Independent School District

City of DeSoto

1.00 %

0.7 39900

City of DeSoto


.125 %

1.4 9 0000

DeSoto ISD

Property Tax Relief

.50 %

0.2431 00

Dallas County

Economic Development

.375 %

0.12 4238

Dallas Comm. College


8.250 %



Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Dallas County School Equalization 0.0 10000

2.8 86638


Property in Dallas Independent School District

0.7 39900

City of DeSoto

Dallas ISD


0.2431 00

Dallas County

0.12 4238

Dallas Comm. College



Dallas County School Equalization 0.01 0000

Total 2.6 78723 The City of DeSoto includes property in three school districts. Only a limited area is in the Duncanville Independent School District. The State of Texas does not assess an ad valorem property tax at this time. Property Tax Exemptions Residence homestead exemptions for 2017 are listed below. Applications for the exemptions are required to be filed in a timely manner.

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.

City of DeSoto

DeSoto ISD




Over 65



Disabled Person



Income Tax

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

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

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DeSoto Workforce

DFW MSA Workforce

DeSoto Civilian Labor Force Estimate

Dallas/FW/Arlington MSA Civilian Labor Force

Civilian Employed


Civilian Employed


Civilian Unemployed


Civilian Unemployed


Unemployment Rate


Unemployment Rate


Source: Texas Workforce Commission, September 2016

Source: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2016

Top Employers in DeSoto The largest employers in DeSoto include retailers, manufacturers, health care providers, a publisher and governmental organizations.

The DFW Metroplex labor force brings diversified skills to the marketplace. 2016 non-farm employment in the DFW MSA totals 3,577,800 in various NAICS Sectors.


Employment Estimate

Natural Res., Mining & Construction







DeSoto ISD

Public Education


Trade, Transportation & Public Utilities


Kohl’s e-Commerce





City of DeSoto



Financial, Insurance & RE


Solar Turbines, Inc.



Professional & Business Services


Williamsburg Village



-Education & Health Services

GlasFloss Industries



-Leisure & Hospitality

Marten Transport



-Other Services

Wal-Mart Distribution Distributor




Hickory Trail Hospital



Total Non-Agricultural


The Cedars



DW Distribution Inc.






Vibra Hospital



Park Manor






Tom Thumb



Source: DeSoto EDC, July 2017

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

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Community Services

Electric Power

Oncor Electric Delivery

Health Care

Transmission Voltage:

69 KV 138 KV 345 KV





Service Voltage:

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

Psychiatric Hospitals






Nursing Homes




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 for more information.

Senior Living Centers





Focus Daily News

Published twice weekly

The Dallas Morning News

Published daily



Natural Gas

Atmos Energy

Bank of America

America’s Best Value Inn

Distribution: 30 in. transmission lines, 720 psi pressure

Bank of DeSoto

Holiday Inn Express

Distribution Pressure: 55 MAOP

BBVA Compass

La Quinta Inn

BTU content per cubic foot: 1,050


Magnuson Grand Hotel


TownePlace Suites by Marriott


City of DeSoto

First Convenience Bank

Days Inn & Suites

Source: Contract with Dallas Water Utilities

Plains Capital Bank

GLo by Best Western

Maximum System Capacity (Daily): 33.0 M gallons

Guaranty Federal

Home 2 Suites by Hilton

Maximum Use To Date (Daily): 14.75 M gallons

Wells Fargo

Hampton Inn & Suites

Pressure on Mains: 80 psi

Inwood Bank

Size of Mains: 6 in., 8 in., 12 in., 16 in., 24 in., 30 in.

Texas Federal Credit Union

Storage Capacity: 18.0 M gallons

Freight Carriers

Fire Insurance Rating

Over 50 motor freight carriers


City of DeSoto

and 5 parcel service providers

ISO Rating:


Source: Contract with Trinity River Authority

serve the City of DeSoto. City Government

Maximum System Capacity (Daily): 24 M gallons

Type Government:

Council/Manager Home Rule Charter

Maximum Use To Date (Daily): 10 M gallons

Number on City Council:



AT&T & others

Police Personnel:


Cable TV

AT&T U Verse and Time Warner Republic Services Time Warner, AT&T

Fire Personnel:




Trash Collection

Total City Employees:



Total Annual Budget:


Land Area (square miles):


* FY 2016 budget revenue all Funds

Source: City of DeSoto

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Education DeSoto Independent School District



DeSoto ISD is a small, suburban district encompassing 23 square miles serving approximately 9,800 students in the communities of DeSoto, Glenn Heights and Ovilla with twelve campuses. The district continues to grow, adding approximately 300 students per year, and enjoys small town support of academics and athletics, along with taxpayer support for upgraded facilities, technology and instructional support. The most recent bond was passed in 2005 for a total amount of $115 million to build two new schools, renovate and expand the high school, upgrade several existing campuses and provide for technology and land purchases for future growth. T he 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 Freshman Campus is one of twelve Top Transitional Texas High Schools in the state  Six students have received prestigious military appointments in past two years; and five students have been recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program, including a 2010 National Merit Scholar graduate  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 5A State playoffs for football, boys and girls basketball and track & field - including 2007 Girls 5A Track & Field State Champions and Boys 4x400 relay State Champions  DeSoto ISD is the recipient of the largest mentoring grant in the nation .  DHS Class of 2017 had 49 students accept full academic or military scholarships for college - earning$7M+ in scholarships. This class earned state titles in football, boys and girls track, and boys basketball and 18 Academic All- State football players; UIL top rankings in band and choir and 20 Music Scholars; Ma’At Step Team National Champions; Eaglettes Drill Team National Champions and much more!   38 DHS graduating seniors were awarded associates degrees through the Collegiate Magnet and early College Programs. Northside Elementary Business and Law Magnet's MicoSociety received International Honors.

Elementary (Pre K - 5)

Woodridge Elementary Cockrell Hill Elementary Frank

D. Moates Elementary Northside Elementary Ruby Young Elementary

Amber Terrace Early Childhood Academy The Meadows Elementary Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy DeSoto East Middle School DeSoto West Middle School Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School

Middle School (6 – 8)

High School (9 – 12)

DeSoto Freshman Campus DeSoto High School

Private Schools

Arbor Acre Preparatory

Cross of Christ Lutheran

Crossroads Academy

Community Christian

Ashbury Acad. Montessori

DeSoto Private School

Brook Hollow Christian

Grace Christian Academy

Calvary Christian

Park Ridge Academy

Cambridge Square Private

Southport Private School

Canterbury Episcopal

Trinity Christian School

Learning Adventure Children’s Center

Turning Point Christian Academy

Charter School

Uplift Gradus Prep (K-5)

Golden Rule - DeSoto


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

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DeSoto Incentives Economic development incentives are used to encourage industrial and commercial retail/office business growth and development in DeSoto.

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.

Tax Abatement

Developed Industrial Park

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.

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 Park Blvd and IH-35E.

Low Cost Land Prices

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.

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.

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. Texas FM 1382 (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 , IH45 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.

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

Dynamic and Growing Local Economy

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.

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 permit valuation totalled over $94 million for FY 201 5 -201 6 .

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.

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.

Aggressive and Flexible Incentives

The DeSoto Economic Development Corporation is committed to supporting new and expanding companies by creatively customizing incentive packages based on individual business needs.


DeSoto Economic Development Corporation


972-230-9611 972-230-9670

211 E. Pleasant Run Road


DeSoto, TX 75115


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CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS PLAN FY2018 Goals and Objectives

CITY COUNCIL VISION STATEMENT DeSoto is an All-America City, rich in history an d educational opportunities, 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. PHI Helicopter paid transportation service 2. Fee-based shuttle service 3. Red Cross fee-based service 4. Star Transit pilot transportation 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. Consult a transportation specialist to seek recommendations for implementation of elements of the Transportation Study and/or other transportation options not listed in the Study. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4) 4. Consider amending the Taxi Cab Ordinance CITY COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE (Quarters 1-2) 5. 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. Southwest transportation efforts. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4)

CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4)

B. Promote a healthier business climate in the City. 1. Host a bi-annual Mayor’s Business Roundtable to provide an update on goings on in the City and to provide a forum to receive input and perspectives from businesses. 2. Initiate discussions with businesses in the Industrial Park about a public-private partnership to help bring public transportation to that section of the City. CITY COUNCIL (Quarters 1-4) C. 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 Enhance the events calendar on City website. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (Quarters 1-4) 5 Enhance public awareness and promote use of the 2-1-1 system to residents, as well as social-service providers. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (Quarters 1-4) D. 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. notifications sent via the City website. ALL DEPARTMENTS (Quarters 1-4) 3. Explore auto-dial alternatives to the existing Code Red services that allow for citizen notifications by phone. ALL DEPARTMENTS (Quarters 1-4) 4.

5. Encourage development of vacant tracts along Interstate 35, from Centre Park Boulevard to Southpointe Drive. 6. Encourage the development of a civic/events center. 7. Explore commercial, retail and industrial businesses on which to focus for City-wide economic development. 8. 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) E. Seek employment-focused economic development with an emphasis on professional employment. DES OTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (Quarters 1-4) F. Promote job opportunities through various marketing mediums and job fairs. DES OTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (Quarters 1-4) G. Explore youth employment/career opportunities. 1. Continue to support the Parks & Recreation Summertime on Belt Line Program and other career-based workshops for high school students. 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 DeSoto Public Library “Best Southwest Everything Teen” Event, to promote career and leadership development for youth. 5. Host the Junior Civic Academy. MAYOR, CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE, LIBRARY, PARKS & RECREATION, POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND MUNICIPAL COURT (Quarters 1-4) H. Consider renovation 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)


MAINTAIN DESOTO AS A SAFE, CLEAN, AND ATTRACTIVE COMMUNITY A. Develop and update the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan. CITY COUNCIL, CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Quarters 1-4) B. Implement the FY2018 Capital Improvement Plan. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Quarters 1-4) C. Enhance the Community Service Program. CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE, MUNICIPAL COURT AND POLICE DEPARTMENT D. Create an incentive program that assists retail/commercial businesses with façade and exterior upgrades. DESOTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (Quarters 1-4) E. Implement the construction of a screening wall along the south side of Wintergreen Road, between Pinnacle Peak and Mantlebrook Drive. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND CODE ENFORCEMENT (Quarters 1- 4) F. 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. Implement violence intervention, mitigation and recovery initiatives. a. Create a resource repository within the Police Department, to provide for concise resource coordination. b. Provide references for 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 2. Explore partnerships in furtherance of the Program mission. a. Public and private schools b. Churches c. Non-profit organizations d. Public-private partnerships 3.

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