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Rockwall City Council Lowers
Tax Rate for Sixth Straight Year

Rockwall, Texas – September 17, 2019 – At their meeting Monday night, September 16, the Rockwall City Council voted to adopt a rate below the effective tax rate, which continues a six-year trend to decrease taxes for Rockwall residents. The approved tax rate is 1.42 cents less than the rate last year. Also at the meeting, the Council adopted the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020.

The City Council directed staff to prepare a balanced budget based on the effective tax rate, which allows the City to collect the same amount in taxes as the year before, as calculated by formulas prescribed by the state. The new tax rate of 38.79 cents per $100 of valuation is down from the 40.21 cents adopted for the previous year. The actual change in ad valorem tax for any individual property is also a function of its assessed value.

Some of the highlights of the 2019-2020 budget include:

• General Operating Budget of $39,048,300
• Total assessed value of $6.05 billion
• Three new full-time positions in the Fire Department
• Four Parks maintenance workers
• A mental health officer in the Police Department
• Increased funding for street maintenance projects

“Both as residents of this City and as a Council, fiscal responsibility is of the utmost importance to us. We are happy to adopt a balanced budget that continues to provide a high quality of life for residents, without unduly burdening our taxpayers,” said Rockwall Mayor, Jim Pruitt.

The new budget continues to address important services such as public safety, parks and recreation, and street repair and maintenance. Several factors combined to enable the City to utilize a rate below the effective tax rate without making substantial cuts to the budget, including increasingly robust sales tax revenue coupled with significant increases in growth-related new value. The City’s fiscal year for 2020 begins on October 1, 2019.

South Lakeshore Dr./
Summit Ridge Dr. Reconstruction
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

Rockwall, Texas – August 23, 2019 – Starting Monday, August 26, 2019 the section of S. Lakeshore Drive from Agape Circle to the intersection of S. Lakeshore Drive and Summit Ridge Drive will be closed temporarily to install storm drainage system. The blocks in Green will be closed to thru traffic but will remain open to local traffic during the duration of this closure. Please seek alternate route during this closure. Detour Route

For updates on this project and any other City Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) you can go to the City of Rockwall’s Engineering CIP webpage. If you would like to receive email updates on the project when they become available please sign up for email notifications on the CIP webpage above under the project of interest.

For any questions or concerns, feel free to contact James Palmer, City of Rockwall Engineering Construction Inspector, at (469) 974-1773 or jpalmer@rockwall.com.

Rockwall Water Usage Spikes
Over Hot Summer Months

Rockwall, Texas – August 22, 2019 – Water usage in the City of Rockwall has risen sharply over the hot summer months. To combat the heat and keep lawns green, Rockwall residents have increased water utilization substantially from June to July. The average daily water usage for all residents in the city was just over 9.1 million gallons in June. And in July, that average jumped to 15.5 million gallons, including a three-day spread where usage topped 19 million gallons each day!

As a result of the rise in consumption, residents have seen the increase reflected in their water bills. While the hot, dry days in July caused people to finally turn on their sprinkler systems, residents need to look further. Here are a few items to check around the house to help limit water waste and help keep your bill down:

• Leaking faucet
• Running toilet
• Broken sprinkler heads

In-ground sprinkler systems are effective, but can also be wasteful. There are many moving parts that can malfunction or be damaged while mowing or edging, for example, and it’s a good idea to test sprinkler heads periodically. In addition, most people set their timers for sprinklers to run in the middle of the night, when no one would be awake to notice a malfunctioning sprinkler.

“One broken sprinkler head can have a major impact,” says Travis Sales, Interim Director of Rockwall Parks and Recreation. “A typical spray head puts out an average 2 gallons per minute, whereas a broken head can put out 20+ gallons per minute. If you run your sprinkler for 20 minutes, without knowing you have a broken head, you could be using 400 gallons per cycle—from just one head, and all systems have multiple heads and multiple zones. Meanwhile, the water is running down the street at 2 a.m., which would most likely dry up by the morning when you see it. Plus, your lawn didn’t receive the much needed water, you’ve got a higher water bill, and we’re wasting a precious natural resource.”

TxDOT Public Hearing
Re: SH 205 Middle Project

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing improvements to John King Boulevard from the junction of SH 205/John King Boulevard (South Goliad Street) to north of John King Boulevard (Collin County Line) in Rockwall County, Texas. The hearing will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Liberty Hall in the Rockwall County Courthouse, 111 East Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall, Texas 75087. more...

SH 276 Project

Rockwall, Texas – Work is kicking off on the reconstruction of SH 276 to FM 549 in Rockwall. The project will widen the roadway to a four-lane highway with a center median and sidewalks. SH 276 will be realigned between SH 205 and Wildrose Drive. Intersections will be constructed at Faircrest Drive and Graystone Drive and the SH 276/SH 205 intersection will be relocated south to connect to Sids Road. The existing SH 276/SH 205 intersection will remain but will not connect to the realigned SH 205. The project is estimated to be completed by the Spring of 2020.

Ed Bell Construction Company is the contractor on the $20.6 million project. Work is expected to complete in spring of 2020.

 

 



Only Rain
Down The Drain

Do your part to help Keep Rockwall’s Waterways Clean!  Be on the lookout for pollutants that can damage our natural environment.  If you see any illicit/illegal discharges into our Inlets, Storm Sewers, Lakes, Creeks and Streams please report by calling (972) 772-6791.  Types of Illicit/illegal discharges:  Chlorinated backwash and draining associated with swimming pools, fertilizers, pesticides, lawn/landscape waste, household toxins, Industrial discharges, oil, anti-freeze, paint, cleaning fluids, sanitary sewer discharges, septic tank discharges, wash waters from commercial/industrial activities and washing machine discharges.

Current Area Lake Levels

Lake Ray Hubbard
Lake Lavon

Mayor Jim Pruitt
Open Office Hours at
City Hall

Mayor Jim Pruitt has announced he will have open office hours each Monday from Noon to 4 P.M. at Rockwall City Hall, 385 S. Goliad Street (one block south of the Downtown Square). more...

Rockwall City Council provides
an Open Forum at each meeting

Open Forum is an opportunity for citizens to address the Council so that it can hear specific concerns or general comments. 

The Mayor and Council welcome any citizen wishing to address the City Council during the Open Forum providing that no public hearing is scheduled for the topic and comments be limited to (3) three minutes. 

The City Council does not typically respond to citizen concerns or take action during the meeting as a result of comments offered during Open Forum.  If directed by Council, the appropriate action to address a citizen’s concerns will be initiated by a member of the City Manager’s staff during normal business hours.

NTMWD Consumer
Confidence Report

The latest North Texas Municipal Water District Consumer Confidence Report is available on their website.  
NTMWD Consumer Cconfidence Report

Let's Tackle
Kitchen Grease!

Why Should I help?

  • Prevent grease buildups from blocking sewer lines.

  • Stop sewer overflows into streets and storm drains

  • Save money spent on costly cleanups of sewage spills.

  • Reduce the number of times you have to clean your
    grease trap (food services).

  • Protect the quality of our water.

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Emergency Alert and
Preparedness Program Details

Rockwall, Texas – Rockwall County Emergency Management is currently utilizing a communications service that allows us to send important, valuable safety information directly to residents using the latest technology. more...

City of Rockwall Performs Regular
Test of Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren

The City of Rockwall conducts regular tests on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. unless there is severe weather approaching or already in the DFW area.

For more information, please contact:
Joey Boyd
Director of Internal Operations
Phone: (972) 772-6408
Email

City of Rockwall Honored As
Preserve America Community

The City of Rockwall was recently honored with the designation as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities. Preserve America is a federal initiative to encourage and support community efforts to preserve and enjoy America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage. more.

Rockwall...
It's Just Better Here

VIDEO from the Rockwall EDC showcasing Rockwall.  The "Epic" 8 minute version  will be premiered at the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Expo (NTCAR) at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas in front of about 1,500-2,000 commercial brokers, etc.  We have done this show for years and we are always asked where's Rockwall?  Well...we are showing them!  Please share Rockwall, It's just better here.
watch the video..

City of Rockwall gets
an "Excellent” Rating
for Transparency

The City of Rockwall received an excellent rating and ranked among the best in this area related to transparency in handling and responding to requests for public information. The City was one of 113 local agencies audited by The Dallas Morning News over a period of one year, a study in which the newspaper assessed how well state laws were followed regarding open access to information about how taxpayer money is spent and whether best practices were followed.