DeSoto FY21----FY22-Approved-Budget


ADOPTED FY20 20 -20 2 1 PLANNING FY20 21 -202 2

City of DeSoto Fiscal Year 2020-2021Budget Cover Page September 15, 2020

FOR: This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year's budget by an amount of $35,085, which is a .11 percent increase from last year's budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $548,780. The members of the governing body voted on a budget as follows: Curtistene S. McCowan - MAYOR Kenzie Moore III–MAYOR PRO TEM Kay Brown-Patrick

Nicole Raphiel Andre’ Byrd, Sr. Dr. Dinah Marks


Candice Quarles

PRESENT and not voting:


Property Tax Rate Comparison

2020-2021 Property Tax Rate: No New Revenue Tax Rate: No New Revenue Maintenance & Operations Voter Approval Tax Rate: Debt Rate:

2020-2021 0.701554 0.711897 0.637560 0.746384 0.151394

2019-2020 0.701554 0.658739 0.503516 0.701554 0.151394

Total debt obligation for City of DeSoto secured by property taxes: $



TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 GFOA Budget Achievement Award 2019 --------------------------------------------------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 --------------------------------- 25 BUDGET MESSAGE ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 33 Transmittal Letter----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 35 BUDGET POLICIES------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 41 Calendar ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 43 City Charter Requirements------------------------------------------------------------------ 44 Budget Policies -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 47 Basis of Budgeting and Accounting ------------------------------------------------------- 49 Financial Policies ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 50 Debt Management Policy ------------------------------------------------------------------- 54 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 71 City of DeSoto Fund Structure Overview------------------------------------------------ 73 Fund Structure -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------75 Changes in Budgeted Positions ------------------------------------------------------------ 77 Adopted Budget Summary by Category ------------------------------------------------ -80 Explanation of Major Changes in Fund Balance --------------------------------------- 82 Combined Fund Statements---------------------------------------------------------------- 91 Revenue Summary by Major Type – All Funds ----------------------------------------- 95 Three Year Comparison of Major Revenues – All Funds --------------------------- 104 Expenditure Summary by Function ----------------------------------------------------- 105 Expenditure Summary by Fund---------------------------------------------------------- 106 5 Year Financial Forecast FY 2021-2025 -------------------------------------------------107 GENERAL FUND ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 121 Budget Summary-General Fund 101-102 ----------------------------------- 123 Property Tax Rate History Chart ---------------------------------------------124 Sales Tax History Chart --------------------------------------------------------125 Revenues by Category ------------------------------------------------------------------127 Expenditures by Department Summary ----------------------------------------------- 131 Administration --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 133 Financial Services ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 153


Development Services ------------------------------------------------------------------ 159 Parks & Recreation----------------------------------------------------------------------- 17 3 Public Safety (Police) ------------------------------------------------------------------- 18 3 Public Safety (Fire) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 19 4 Municipal Court -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 1 Library -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 5 Information Technology ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2 09 Human Resources------------------------------------------------------------------------ 21 5 Use of Fund Balance--------------------------------------------------------------------- 22 1 Non-Departmental ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 22 2 Peg Fund -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22 4 Budget Stabilization Fund ------------------------------------------------------------------- 22 6 COOPERATIVE EFFORTS --------------------------------------------------------------------- 229 Southwest Regional Communications Center (SWRCC) ---------------------------- 23 1 Jail Operations------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24 0 SALES TAX CORPORATIONS ---------------------------------------------------------------- 24 3 DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Budget------------------------------ 25 0 DeSoto Park Development Budget------------------------------------------------------ 25 2 PUBLIC UTILITY FUNDS --------------------------------------------------------------------- 25 5 Public Utilities Fund Department Charts ---------------------------------------------- 2 59 Budget Summary-Fund 502 -------------------------------------------------------------- 26 1 Administration Budget--------------------------------------------------------------------- 26 3 Utility Billing Budget------------------------------------------------------------------------ 26 5 Utility Field Operation Budget ----------------------------------------------------------- 26 7 Non-Departmental ----------------------------------------------------------------------------2 69 Meter Replacement Fund 503 ----------------------------------------------------------- 27 0 Equipment Replacement Fund 504 ----------------------------------------------------- 27 1 Utility Building Construction 505 -------------------------------------------------------- 27 2 Water & Sewer CIP Fund 508------------------------------------------------------------- 27 3 STORM DRAINAGE UTILITY FUND -------------------------------------------------------- 27 5 Functions Storm Drainage Utility Fund---------------------------------------------------27 7 Revenue & Expenditure Chart--------------------------------------------------------------27 8 Budget Summary-Fund 522 -------------------------------------------------------------- 2 79 Department/Program Budgets ---------------------------------------------------------- 28 0 Equipment Replacement Fund 524 ----------------------------------------------------- 28 3 Drainage CIP Fund 528 --------------------------------------------------------------------- 28 4 SANITATION ENTERPRISE FUND ---------------------------------------------------------- 28 5 Functions Sanitation Enterprise Fund ----------------------------------------------------28 7 Revenue & Expenditure Chart --------------------------------------------------------------28 8


Budget Summary-Fund 552 -------------------------------------------------------------- 290 Department/Program Budgets ----------------------------------------------------------- 2 89 Equipment Replacement Fund 553 ----------------------------------------------------- 29 4 HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUND ----------------------------------------------------------- 29 5 Functions Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund ----------------------------------------------------29 7 Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue History Chart -------------------------------------------29 8 Budget Summary-Fund 221 -------------------------------------------------------------- 299 DEBT SERVICE FUND ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 30 1 Overview-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 30 3 Expenditures by Category----------------------------------------------------------------- 30 4 Budget Summary-Fund 305 -------------------------------------------------------------- 30 5 Computation of Legal Debt Margin----------------------------------------------------- 30 6 Per Capita Outstanding Debt------------------------------------------------------------- 30 7 A nnual Debt Service Requirement until Maturity Chart -----------------------------3 08 General Obligation Bonds----------------------------------------------------------------- 3 09 Certificate of Obligations ----------------------------------------------------------------- 3 27 Sales Tax Revenue Bonds ----------------------------------------------------------------- 3 53 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS ------------------------------------------------------------------ 3 55 Special Revenue Funds Overview Chart ----------------------------------------------- 3 57 ALL OTHER FUNDS--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 83 Maintenance and Equipment Replacement Funds Overview -------------------- 385 Maintenance and Capital Project Funds Overview --------------------------------- 387 CAPITAL PROJECTS PLAN ------------------------------------------------------------------ 4 07 Capital Improvement Plan Overview--------------------------------------------------- 4 08 Capital Improvement Program Anticipated Bonded Projects ----------------------4 09 Capital Improvement Program Summaries ------------------------------------------- 4 11 Capital Improvement Plan Streets ------------------------------------------------------ 4 35 Capital Improvement Plan Storm Drainage ------------------------------------------- 4 53 Water/Wastewater Master Plan -------------------------------------------------------- 4 61 APPENDIX-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 85 Budget Glossary-List of Acronyms ------------------------------------------------------ 4 87 Budget Glossary----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 489 Budget Ordinance -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 00 Budget Tax Ordinance --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 06 Bond Ratings and Investment Policy Summarization------------------------------- 5 09 Top Ten Taxpayers-------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 10


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City of DeSoto


For the Fiscal Year Beginning

October 1, 2019

Executive Director


City of DeSoto Reader’s Guide FY 2020-2021 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 2021 in the City’s major funds. Policies This section highlights the policies underlying the development of the FY 2020-2021 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 2021 Budget Document at 972-230-9678.


City Officials City Council Curtistene S. McCowan Mayor Place One

Kay Brown Patrick Place Two

Nicole Raphiel Place Three Dinah Marks Place Five Kenzie Moore III Mayor Pro Tem Place Seven

Andre’ Byrd Place Four

Candice Quarles Place Six

Joe Gorfida City Attorney City Management Brandon Wright City Manager

Isom Cameron Deputy City Manager

Kristoff T. Bauer Deputy City Manager Louis Martinez Managing Director Public Utilities

Tamara Bell Managing Director Southwest Regional Communication Center (SWRCC)

Joseph Costa Police Chief Police Department

Jerry Duffield Fire Chief Fire and EMS Department Chris Glover Managing Director Parks & Recreation

Tom Figert Managing Director Information Technology Crystal Owens Managing Director Development Services Scott Kurth Judge DeSoto Municipal Court Kisha Morris-Perkins City Secretary

Tracy L. Cormier Managing Director Financial Services Kerry McGeath Managing Director Library Services Kathleen Shields Managing Director Human Resources


Citizens of DeSoto

City Secretary

Mayor & City Council

Office of the City Manager Deputy City Managers Action Center Community Initiatives & Relations Environmental Health Risk Management

Records Management Purchasing Services

Southwest Regional Communication Center

Financial Services

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

Budget Debt Management

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, 2 1 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



Updated July 20 20

DeSoto Economic Development Corporation

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 9,2 86 square miles. Its economy is one of the healthiest in the country due to its central location, DFW International Airport and other transportation resources, 23 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. Loop 9 construction is being plated and will connect highways 75, 35, and 67 just south of DeSoto's city limits.


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 f if teenth busiest airport in the world and serves more than 6 9 million passengers with nearly 2,0 00 flights per day. DFW provides nonstop service to 63 international and 1 90 domestic destinations. Flying times to any major North American city takes less than four hours.

Dallas Love Field

by three

Dallas airlines (Southwest , Delta & Alaska Airlines ) offering passenger service to U.S. locations. Love Field is served

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

18 miles

22 minutes

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

12 miles

15 minutes

Downtown Fort Worth

32 miles

35 minutes

DeSoto Community Profile - Page 1


Regional Population Growth

DeSoto Population




Dallas County



2 01 5



2 , 496,364

20 1 6




20 1 6

201 7

5 3,568


2,636,234 201 8 2,662,742 20 19 2, 662, 662 2 020 2, 693,772 2017

201 8



201 9 202 0 202 3

5 8,483 5 9,159 6 0 ,0 43


7, 579,698

202 3 8,032,624 Source: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, T X A&M Real Estate Cente , TX Economic Develop. Corp., Texas Dept. of State Health Services, T X Wide Open for Business 2, 754,623

S ource: Texas Wide Open for Business , U.S Census Bureau , & EMSI 2020, Q2

DeSoto Age & Education

DeSoto Household Growth

Total Households in DeSoto

Age Range

Percent of Total Population

3 3.1 % 2 5.8 % 13.8 % 2 7.3 %



Percentage Increase

00 to 24 years old

1 0 % 1 6 % - 1%

200 8 20 10

1 8,340 20,286 19,347 19, 606 19, 939 21 , 374

25 to 44 years old

45 to 54 years old

201 6

55 to 65+ years old

20 1 7 20 1 8


100.00 %


Source: Demographic Now

201 9

3 8.10 years


Average Age

37.09 years

Source: U S Census Bureau , North Central Texas Council of Governments,INc Sep. 2014 , Texas Wide Open for Business & Texas Economic Development Corporation

Median Age

Population Age 25+ High School Degree or Higher : 90.6 % Population Age 25+ Associates Degree or Higher: 40.5 %

$ 8 5,916 $2 9, 170 $ 71,496

20 20 Average Household Income 20 20 MedianHousehold Income 20 20 Per Capita Income

Source: Texas Wide Open for Business , U . S . Census Bureau , U . S . Bureau of Labor Statistics , & Texas Economic Development Corporation

Source: Texas Wide Open for Business, Demographics Now , Texas Economic Development Corporation , ESRI

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Property Tax Rates 201 9 - 20 Ad Valorem Tax Rates (Per $100 Assessed Value)

Sales Tax Rates

State Sales Tax

6.25 %

City of DeSoto

1.00 %

Property in DeSoto Independent School District

0.7 016

City of DeSoto


.125 %

1. 5284

DeSoto ISD

Property Tax Relief

.50 %

Dallas County


Economic Development

.375 %


Dallas Comm. College


8.250 %

Parkland 0.2 695 Dallas County School Equalization 0.0100

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

2. 8 76 8


Property in Dallas Independent School District

0.7 016

City of DeSoto

1. 3 1 03

Dallas ISD

Dallas County


0.12 42

Dallas Comm. College

Parkland 0.2 695 Dallas County School Equalization 0. 0100

Total 2.6 587 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

$ 2 5,000



Over 65



Disabled Person



Source: Dallas County Appraisal District

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.

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

DeSoto Community Profile - Page 3


DeSoto Workforce

DFW MSA Workforce

DeSoto Civilian Labor Force Estimate

Dallas/FW/Arlington MSA Civilian Labor Force


3, 541,000

Civilian Employed

Civilian Employed


Civilian Unemployed


Civilian Unemployed Unemployment Rate

12.3 %

Unemployment Rate

4. 4 %

Source: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 20 20 Texas Economic Development Corporation

S ource: Texas Economic Development Corporation , Retail Coach 2020., Texas Workforce Commission 20 20

The DFW Metroplex labor force brings diversified skills to the marketplace. 20 20 non-farm employment in the DFW MSA totals 3 , 54 1,0 00 in various NAICS Sectors.

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


Employment Estimate


Natural Res., Mining & Construction




577,700 761,800 80,000 322,400 597,400

1, 095


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



3 5 0

-Other Services

Wal-Mart Distribution


4 36,600



Hickory Trail Hospital


3 , 54 1 , 00 0


Total Non-Agricultural

The Cedars


DW Distribution Inc.



15 8



1 10

Vibra Hospital



Park Manor





Tom Thumb



Source: DeSoto EDC, July 2 020

Source: Dallas Regional Chamber/U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 20 20

DeSoto Community Profile - Page 4



Community Services

Electric Power

Oncor Electric Delivery

Health Care

Transmission Voltage:





69 KV 138 KV 345 KV

Service Voltage:

Psychiatric Hospitals




120/208 120/240 240/480 277/480 99.9 62959


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): 21 .0 M gallons Maximum Use To Date (Daily): 13.0 M gallons Pressure on Mains: 45-105 psi

Guaranty Federal

Home 2 Suites by Hilton

Wells Fargo

Hampton Inn & Suites

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:


8 7


AT&T & others

Police Personnel:


Cable TV

AT&T U Verse and Time Warner Republic Servi ce s Time Warner, AT&T

Fire Personnel:



Trash Collection


Total City Employees:



Total Annual Budget:


Land Area (square miles):

* FY 20 20 budget revenue all Funds

Source: City of DeSoto

DeSoto Community Profile - Page 5




Facilities 2019-2020 Early Childhood

DeSoto Independent School District With a current enrollment over 8,500 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 fourteen campuses. The district enjoys community support of academics and extra-curricular activities, along with taxpayer support for upgraded facilities, technology and instructional materials. 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 funding for technology and land purchases for future growth. Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy school opened in 2018 having been built by the last of these funds. The district’s vision, mission, values, goals and objectives are clearly defined - all part of the Academic Excellence by Design framework focusing on 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.

Amber Terrance Early Wo odridge Elementary Cockrell Hill Elementary Frank D. Moates Elementary Ruby Young Elementary The Meadows Elementary Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy DeSoto East Middle School DeSoto West Middle School Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School

Elementary (K-5)

Middle School (6 – 8)

DeSoto High School

High School (9 – 12)

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

The achievements of DeSoto ISD students have been remarkable:

Canterbury Episcopal

Trinity Christian School

Learning Adventure Children’s Center

Turning Point Christian Academy

• The Collegiate Magnet Program and Early College High School - DeSoto High School students (starting in 9 th grade) can earn a high school diploma and an associates degree simultaneously through enrollment at Cedar Valley College. The largest class to date – 93 students – received their associates degrees in 20 20. • The district’s Band, Choir and ROTC programs compete nationally every year. Athletics programs are competitive annually in 6A State playoffs - including calendar year 2016 where the district won state championships in boys basketball, girls and boys track and for the first time in district history, football! • In 2018-19, DeSoto High School Students earned 329 industry certifications. • The Class of 20 20 graduated over 670 students with a 100 % FAFSA completion that earned over $1 7 M in scholarships and had over 1 200 acceptances to 2 or 4 year colleges!

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

DeSoto Community Profile - Page 6


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 $9 1.3 million for FY 201 9- 20 20 .

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 3,7 07,500 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


DeSoto Community Profile - Page 7


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Effective October 1, 2020

City of DeSoto, Texas

FY 2021 Business Plan

The City of DeSoto is guiding its future and development with a Strategic Plan consisting of seven strategic priority areas and objectives based on input from the City Council, City staff, and DeSoto residents and businesses. As part of the City ’ s annual budget process, key objectives and initiatives to be achieved over the next one to two years are identified and included in the City ’ s Business Plan for that year. Systematic attention to the long - term Strategic Plan and the immediate action Business Plan allows the City to dedicate time and resources to important community initiatives and drive advancement in the areas that matter most. City Council Vision Statement DeSoto is an All - America City, rich in history and 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.

DeSoto ’ s Strategic Priorities

 Image  Building Trust  Thriving Economy  Learning Environment  Engaged & Vibrant Community  Safe & Healthy Community  Beautiful City



Define DeSoto’s Identity, Promote Its Uniqueness, and Communicate Effectively

City Work Plan

Business Plan Goal #1

1. Hire a branding and marketing firm to create a consistent brand and marketing identity for DeSoto | City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2021 Q2 | Complete FY 2021 Q4 2. Hire a marketing manager in the City Manager ’ s Office | City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q1 3. Obtain City Council approval of a new City - wide brand identity, marketing campaign, and logo update | City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2021 Q4 | Complete FY 2021 Q4 4. Overhaul the City ’ s website to a more modern and easy - to - use platform consistent with the City ’ s new brand identity | IT Department | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q3 5. Ensure City - produced materials are consistent with the City ’ s new brand identity | City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2023 Q3 6. Organize a steering committee of staff and elected officials to review logo options and to make recommendations to the City Council | City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2021 Q2 | Complete FY 2021 Q4

Create a City identity and marketing and communications strategy to improve marketing and public relations efforts.

Increase public support by providing open two-way communication with greater transparency

Business Plan Goal #2 Create a Citizen Police Advisory Committee to provide transparency and community input into Police Department enforcement activities.

City Work Plan

1. Obtain City Council approval on all appointees to the Citizen Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) | Police Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q1 2. Provide training to CPAC members on their roles and responsibilities, including training for new CPAC members to become familiar with the functions of the DeSoto Police Department | Police Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q2 3. Conduct regular meetings of the CPAC to review Police Department policies and procedures | Police Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q4



Grow a diverse and innovative economy with increased commerce and employment opportunities

Business Plan Goal #3 Create an economic development plan for Hampton Road, Belt Line Road at Cockrell Hill, and general citywide commercial nodes.

City Work Plan

1. Develop a transition plan to go from Type A to Type B Economic Development Corporation | City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q2 2. Develop a land - use plan and market study for Belt Line Road and general citywide commercial nodes | Development Services | Start FY 2021 Q2 | Complete FY 2021 Q4 3. Create an economic development policy for Hampton Road to include a strategy for marketing City - owned land and an incentive policy to

encourage targeted economic development in the area| City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2021 Q3 | Complete FY 2022 Q1

4. Develop a city - wide economic development policy to include an incentive policy that encourages retail and restaurant development for

Belt Line Road and general City - wide commercial nodes | City Manager ’ s Office |Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q3

Business Plan Goal #4 Improve affordable housing options and ownership

City Work Plan 1. Create a first - time homeowner assistance program to increase home- ownership opportunities for DeSoto residents | City Manager ’ s Office | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q2 2. Consider expansion of the Over - 65 Homestead Exemption to improve seniors ’ ability to maintain homeownership in DeSoto | Finance | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q2

opportunities for DeSoto residents.

Business Plan Goal #5

City Work Plan

1. Complete Phase II of City ’ s impact fee study currently underway | Development Services | Complete FY 2021 Q4 2. Organize a steering committee to include staff and elected officials to discuss impact fee policy decisions | Development Services | Start FY 2021 Q2 | Complete FY 2021 Q2 3. Consider policy decisions and obtain City Council approval of an impact fee ordinance | Development Services | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q2 4. Implement the collection of impact fees consistent with the Council approved policy | Development Services | Start FY 2023 Q2 | Complete FY 2023 Q2

Develop an Impact Fee Policy that has developers paying to expand identified infrastructure on new development.



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