The City of Ovilla is committed to a transparent government. Transparency promotes accountability and shares information to our citizens so they will know where and how their tax dollars are being used. The following information is provided with complete effort and commitment to achieve this goal.
If you need assistance or explanation with any of the following information, please contact Ovilla Finance Department either by phone- 972-617-7262, fax- 972-515-3221, or you can email the City of Ovilla.
Instructions for completing Public Information requests may be obtained through the office of the City Secretary.
April 2014, the City of Ovilla was awarded the Platinum Leadership Circle Award through the State Comptroller of Public Accounts by implementing financial transparency. What is Texas Transparency?
Again, July 2015, the City of Ovilla was, for the second year in a row and the first municipality in Ellis County, to be awarded the Platinum Leadership Circle Award through the State Comptroller of Public Accounts for continued financial transparency.
Since then, the Comptroller's office has modified the criteria and Ovilla applied for the Texas Comptroller Transparency Stars Award and received the recognition of Traditional Finances.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts revised the method and criteria for financial transparency. In 2018, Ovilla was awarded the Traditional Finances Star for exemplary efforts in creating financial transparency. Ovilla will continue to strive for this recognition from the Comptroller's office.
Ovilla is located in two counties. The Ellis Appraisal District and the Dallas Central Appraisal District establishes the market value and taxable value for all properties located in Ovilla. Depending on where you are located in Ovilla determines your County.
Property taxes become due when the taxpayer receives the statement, typically around the first of October each year. Normally, January 31 of the following year is the due date without penalties.
- Sharon Jungman, Finance Director
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Property Tax Code
The Texas Constitution and Property Tax Code states that a taxing unit (City) must comply with certain steps in adopting their tax rates. The Truth-in-Taxation Law was passed for two purposes. The first is to make taxpayers aware of tax rate proposals and the second is to allow taxpayers, to limit the tax increase. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts publishes a guide every year with all the updated laws to make this process easier for Cities to follow. The four major principles of truth-in-taxation is that the property owners have the right to know about increases, the tax unit must publish the No-New Rate (formerly the effective rate) and the Voter Approval Rate (formerly the rollback rate). The taxing unit must publish a special notice and hold one public hearing to receive citizen comments before the taxing unit may adopt their tax rate. Any rate exceeding the De-minimis rate or at the Voter Approval Rate allows the voters to petition for an election.
The No-New Rate is the rate that is a calculated rate that would provide the taxing unit with the same amount of revenue it received in the year before on properties taxed in both years. If property values rise, the No-New tax rate will go down. If property values fall with appraisals, then the No-New tax rate goes up.
The No-New rate up to the Voter Approval rate is the calculated rate that is the maximum rate allowed by law without voter approval. Effective January 01, 2020, the voter-approval rate capped at 3.5% for cities and counties.
The tax rate is split into two parts. The first part is the maintenance and operation rate or commonly referred to as the M and O rate. This rate is used to fund the day-to-day operations and is unrestricted revenue. This rate is set by Council.
The second part is the debt rate or commonly referred to as the I and S rate. This rate is used to fund any bonds that have been issued by the City. This rate is set by the amount of debt the City currently is paying and is calculated by the Ellis Tax Office.
2020 Ellis and Dallas Appraisal Districts Preliminary Estimated Certified Values
Notice of 2020 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate
A tax rate of $0.6600 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of CITY OF OVILLA. During the council meeting of August 10, 2020, Place 4 Doug Hunt moved to approve a proposed tax rate of $0.6600, with the M&O rate at $0.5200 and the I&S rate (debt) at $0.1400, seconded by Place 2 Dean Oberg.
RECORD VOTE OF THE GOVERNING BODY:
Place 1 Rachel Huber - AYE
Place 2 Dean Oberg - AYE
Mayor PT David Griffin - AYE
Place 4 Doug Hunt - AYE
Place 5 Mike Myers - NAY
Vote carried 4-1.
This rate exceeds the No-New rate or but lower than the Voter-Approval Rate rate. State law requires that one public hearing be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. The governing body of CITY OF OVILLA proposes to use revenue attributable to the revenue increase for the purpose of capital purchases, and general operational increases.
In accordance with an Order of the Office of Governor issued on March 16, 2020, the City Council for the City of Ovilla, Texas, will conduct a public hearing by video conference or teleconference at 8:00 am, on September 04, 2020 in order to advance to the public health goal of limited face-to-face meetings (also called "social distancing" in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is an open meeting conducted by teleconference/video conference. Public access to the meeting is available at Ovilla Municipal Building, 105 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Ovilla, TX 75154; however, attendance by telephone conference/video conference is strong encouraged. To submit public comments, email Glennell Miller, City Secretary at email@example.com.
Meeting ID 931-8892-0701
PROPOSED TAX RATE $0.6600 per $100
PRECEDING YEAR'S TAX RATE $0.6600 per $100
NO-NEW TAX RATE $0.6318 per $100
VOTER-APPROVAL TAX RATE $0.6826 per $100
M&O $ 0. 5200 per $100.00 of valuation
Debt Service $ 0.1400 per $100.00 of valuation
Total $ 0.660000 per $100.00 of valuation
Property Tax Rate History for Ovilla
Ovilla Tax Rate History
Ovilla Sales Tax History Chart
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
The City Council of Ovilla consists of the Mayor and five Council Members. Each position is elected at-large and represents all citizens. Including setting policy, approving ordinances and resolutions presented by staff, the Council shall approve an annual budget, for which operations are made and budgeted sums for each project are identified. The budget shall contain a complete financial statement of the city showing all outstanding obligations of the city, the cash on hand to the credit of each and every fund, and funds received from all sources, the estimated revenues available to cover the proposed budget, and the estimated rate of tax.
The budget serves as the financial plan for the City. Each fiscal year budget depicts proposed expenditures and revenues listed by department and account description. The City had 65 full-time equivalent employees at the end of the fiscal year 2020.
The City Council held a Public Hearing to receive citizen comments at a scheduled Council meeting on Monday, August 31, 2020, to consider a Ordinance 2020-09, to adopt the Fiscal Year October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021 Fiscal Year/Annual Budget and Operating Services.
FY 2020-2021 BUDGET
By unanimous vote of 5-0, the Ovilla City Council approved the Annual Fiscal Year Budget 2020-2021, making appropriations for the support of the City Government of the City of Ovilla.
Place 4 Hunt moved to approve Ordinance 2020-09 approving and adopting the Budget and making appropriations for the support of the City Government of the City of Ovilla, Texas for the Fiscal Year beginning October 01, 2020 and ending September 30, 2021. Motion was seconded by Place 1 Huber.
Record VOTE: Place 1 Huber - AYE, Place 2 Oberg - AYE, Mayor Protem/Place 3 Griffin - AYE, Place 4 Hunt - AYE, Place 5 Myers - AYE. Unanimous 5-0.
FISCAL YEAR BUDGET 2020-2021
|PDF FY Budget||Raw Data FY Budget|
|2019-2020 FY Budget
2018-2019 FY Budget
2017-2018 FY Budget
|2019-2020 FY Budget
2018-2019 FY Budget
2017-2018 FY Budget
2015-2016 FY Budget
2014-2015 FY Budget
2013-2014 FY Budget
FY2013-2014 Visual Data and WS Revenue History
2012-2013 FY Budget
2011-2012 FY Budget
2010-2011 FY Budget
2009-2010 FY Budget
2008-2009 FY Budget
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Annual Financial Statements Ended Fiscal Year September 30, 2019
Annual Financial Statements Ended Fiscal Year September 30, 2018
Annual Financial Statements Ended Fiscal Year September 30, 2017
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2016
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2015
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2014
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2013
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2012
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2011
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2010
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2009
Ovilla payments may be viewed through the check registers. Each register includes a description, check detail and the payee's name. The registers are searchable.
FY 2014-15 CK Register Q1
FY 2013-14 CK Register Q4
FY 2013-14 CK Register Q3
FY 2013-2014 CK Register Q2
FY 2013-2014 CK Register 1st Quarter
FY 2012-2013 Check Register
FY 2011-2012 Check Register
FY 2010-2011 Check Register
Texas Municipal League
Best Southwest Partnership
Welcome to NCTCOG
Municipal Energy Consumption
Energy Usage per Calendar Year:
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2019
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2018
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2017
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2016
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2015
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2014
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2013
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2012
Mayor and Council email contact information:
Mayor Richard Dormier
Place 1 Rachel Huber
Place 2 Dean Oberg
PL3/Mayor Pro Tem David Griffin
Place 4 Doug Hunt
Place 5 Mike Myers
Annual Report of Debt Obligation (Section 1, Chapter 140, Local Gov Code Section 140.008)
The General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2011 were issued to refinance or refund three separate series of bonds. The refinancing was done strictly for savings purposes.
The three series of bonds that were refunded along with their original purpose is as follows:
1. Tax and Waterworks System Surplus Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2002 -
Original purpose: Improvements to the waterworks system
2. General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2005 -
Original purpose: These bonds refunded the Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 1991 which were originally issued through the Texas Water Development Board for improvements to the waterworks system.
3. Water System and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2005 -
Original purpose: Water and Sewer improvements.
Texas State Comptroller
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