The City Council approved a $782 million fiscal 2021 general fund budget Tuesday and voted to keep the property tax rate at 74.75 cents per $100 assessed valuation.
The general fund budget is only a portion of the city’s Capital and Operating Budgets that total just under $2 billion for fiscal 2021. The general fund pays to operate city services and facilities. Fort Worth’s budget includes several other funds, including debt service and those that operate the water and wastewater utility, airports and special projects, among them.
The fiscal 2021 budget will continue to fund new facilities, improve equity of city services and enhance community policing.
The city’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
The Council also approved an $86.5 million Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) budget that calls for increased spending with community partners and nonprofits, and the expansion of the Fort Worth Police Department’s crisis intervention team, among other things.
The operating budget also includes a $394.3 million Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal 2021. The plan calls for evaluating infrastructure maintenance and investment based on equity and continuing neighborhood and transportation-related improvements.
Numerous residents attended and spoke at several recent budget meetings and hearings.