Financial Transparency

Financial Services


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.   

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 soon Ovilla will be applying for the Texas Comptroller Transparency Stars Award. 

Budget Per Capita 2018_201809241150290295(2)

   
2018 Ellis and Dallas Appraisal Districts Certified Values  
Notice of 2018 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate

A tax rate of $0.660000 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of CITY OF OVILLA. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings 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 tax rate increase for the purpose of street improvements, change from part time to full time fire captains and firemen, vehicle replacement for police and park improvements.  

 PROPOSED TAX RATE $0.660000 per $100
 PRECEDING YEAR'S TAX RATE $0.680399 per $100
 EFFECTIVE TAX RATE $0.621776 per $100
 ROLLBACK TAX RATE $0.662271 per $100

Two public hearings were conducted on August 20th and August 29th to receive citizen comment on the proposed property tax rate.  During the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 10, 2018, Ordinance 2018-18 was presented to Council to approve the tax rate for FY 2018-2019 as proposed.

M&O $ 0. 533417  per $100.00 of valuation
Debt Service $ 0.126583 per $100.00 of valuation
Total    $ 0.660000 per $100.00 of valuation

This year’s proposed tax rate of $0.660000 is the recommended rate.

FINANCIAL IMPACT:   This budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by 6.35 % and of that amount, $68,001, is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the roll this year.

Place 2 Dean Oberg moved to approve the 2018 Property Tax Rate to be a total of $0.660000 per $100 valuation with a Maintenance and Operation Rate of $0.533417 and a Debt Rate of $0.126583, seconded by Place 1 Rachel Huber

Mayor Dormier called for a RECORD VOTE:
Place 1 Rachel Huber - Yes
Place 2 Dean Oberg -  Yes
Mayor Pro Tem, Place 3 David Griffin - Yes
Place 4 Doug Hunt - Yes
Place 5 Michael Myers - Yes
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. 

Place 4 Doug Hunt further moved to approve Ordinance 2018-18 levying, assessing and fixing the tax rate for the use and support of the municipal government of the City of Ovilla, Texas, and providing for the Debt Service fund for Fiscal year 2018-2019 and apportioning each levy for the specific purpose and providing for collection of all annual taxes, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem David Griffin.  

Mayor Dormier called for a RECORD VOTE:

Place 1 Rachel Huber - Yes
Place 2 Dean Oberg -  Yes
Mayor Pro Tem, Place 3 David Griffin - Yes
Place 4 Doug Hunt - Yes
Place 5 Michael Myers - Yes
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.

Property Tax Rate History for Ovilla 


Ovilla Tax Rate History

Tax Rate History thru 2018

Ovilla Sales Tax History Chart 
Current Sales Tax and Property Tax
    

Property Tax Code


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
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 rollback or 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 effective and rollback tax rates, the taxing unit must publish a special notice and hold two public hearing if the rate exceeds the effective rate and if the rate exceeds the rollback rate - then the voters may petition for an election.

The Effective 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 effective tax rate will go down. If property values fall with appraisals, then the effective rate goes up.
The Rollback rate is the calculated rate that is the maximum rate allowed by law without voter approval. This rate is 8% over the effective maintenance and operation rate.
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 Tax Office.

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.

Your Mayor and Council may be contacted by email following this link or through the office of the city secretary, or by calling the city offices 972-617-7262.    

Budget 


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 44 full-time equivalent employees at the end of the fiscal year 2017.  

FY 2018-2019 BUDGET
The City Council held a Public Hearing to receive citizen comments during a regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Monday, September 10, 2018 to consider the Ordinance 2018-17 to adopt the Fiscal Year October 01, 2018 - September 30, 2019 Annual Budget and Operating Services.  

This budget is based on the proposed tax rate of $0.660000 per $100 dollars of valuation, with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.533417 and a debt rate of $0.126583.   This proposed tax rate would increase total taxes in Ovilla by 6.35% (by which it decreases the current total tax rate by 0.020399%) as proposed by record vote from Council during the August 29, 2018, Council Meeting and Budget Workshop.

This Budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $145,468 which is a 6.35% increase, and of that amount, $68,001 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the roll this year.  

Place 4 Doug Hunt moved to accept and approve Ordinance 2018-17 adopting the Fiscal Year Budget, seconded by Place 5 Mike Myers.  

Mayor Dormier called for a RECORD VOTE:

  • Place 1 Rachel Huber - Yes
  • Place 2 Dean Oberg - Yes
  • Place 3 Mayor Pro Tem David Griffin - Yes
  • Place 4 Doug Hunt - Yes
  • Place 5 Michael Myers - Yes

Ordinance 2018-17 and the FY 2018-2019 Budget was approved unanimously. 


PDF FY Budget  Raw Data FY Budget
2018-2019 FY Budget
2017-2018 FY Budget
2018-2019 FY Budget 
2017-2018 FY Budget
2016-2017 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 Ending 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


Check Register 

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. 
PDF Check Registers Raw Data Check Registers
Check Register Q2 2018  Check Register Q2 2018
 Check Register Q1 2018
 Check Register Q1 2018
 Check Register Q4 2017
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Check Register Q3 2017
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 Check Register Q2 2017
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 Check Register Q1 2017
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 Check Register Q4 2016
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 Check Register Q4 2015
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 Check Register Q2 2015
 Check Register Q2 2015
 Check Register Q1 2015
 Check Register Q1 2015
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


Government Associations


Texas Municipal League
Best Southwest Partnership
Welcome to NCTCOG


Municipal Energy Consumption


Energy Usage per Calendar Year:
 
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

Debt Information


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.

Comptroller Local Government Debt Obligation Reporting HB 1378

Debt Service Schedule

Bond and Debt Pledge

Texas State Comptroller

Learn about Texas Transparency

Texas Transparency - Debt at a Glance