News Flash

2019 News Releases

Posted on: September 26, 2019

Sugar Land Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, Tax Rate Approved

Sugar Land, TX – Sugar Land City Council approved the fiscal year 2020 budget of $272.6 million and tax rate of 33.2 cents at their Sept. 17 meeting. 

The approved budget and capital improvement program (CIP) emphasize the implementation of priority services and programs that directly benefit residents and enhance the quality of life in Sugar Land with little change in the average residential tax bill.  Priority services and programs include increasing funding for infrastructure rehabilitation for streets, sidewalks, facilities, parks and drainage; continuing investment in technology to enhance traffic and mobility responsiveness; supplementing traffic safety resources; and the final phases of projects previously approved by voters.  Overall, the average residential tax bill will only increase $24, or approximately 2 percent, due to a strategic increase to the homestead exemption from 10 percent to 12 percent approved by the City Council in June.    

“First and foremost, the fiscal year 2020 budget and CIP reflect the city’s commitment to delivering the Sugar Land Way – which is a commitment to meeting residents’ expectations, both in terms of the service levels and the value for tax dollar provided by the city,” said City Manager Allen Bogard.  “The city of Sugar Land has a long history of recognition as a leader in financial stewardship, success and resiliency – including having one of the lowest tax rates in Texas among cities our size.  As we approach our 60th anniversary as a city, I am proud that the City Council’s hard work to deliver this budget will continue to benefit and positively impact the quality of life of residents in Sugar Land for years to come.”

The fiscal year 2020 budget includes $40.5 million for capital projects, including priority projects such as Settlers Park drainage improvements; major street rehabilitation; capital projects funded through utility revenues to implement the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP) to meet additional mandated surface-water requirements; and the final phases of the 2013 voter-approved parks bond projects.  The five-year CIP – which includes out-year projects for planning purposes – totals $263.8 million, including approximately $90 million in projects to be considered by voters in November.    

Additionally, recognizing that water utility rates – including surface water fees – have not been increased since January 2014, the fiscal year 2020 budget includes a 5 percent increase to water/wastewater rates and a 10 percent increase to surface water fees in January 2020, which results in an estimated 7 percent increase to monthly bills – or $5 per month for the average utility user – as the city prepares to implement significant capital projects to meet the mandated 60 percent groundwater reduction in 2025.  Additionally, solid waste rates will increase by 2.5 percent – from $18.91 to $19.38, consistent with the contract for services. 

For more information, please visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/budget.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in 2019 News Releases

YOUNG, CAMERON 7089900

Murderer Located in Nevada

Posted on: December 4, 2019

Video Shows Possible Shooting Suspect

Posted on: November 25, 2019

Census Planning Begins in Sugar Land

Posted on: October 24, 2019
Chief Fenwick

Fallen Hero to Be Honored

Posted on: September 18, 2019

District 1 Town Hall Meeting Set for Oct. 8

Posted on: September 17, 2019

Woman Uses Power Tool to Steal Botox

Posted on: August 26, 2019

City Manager Lands National Award

Posted on: August 8, 2019

Summer Fun Set for Sugar Land

Posted on: May 31, 2019

Man Conducts Sex Act Inside Store

Posted on: April 24, 2019

City Secretary Announces Retirement

Posted on: April 4, 2019

March 11 Marks 311 Milestone

Posted on: March 8, 2019