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As part of the budget process each year, the Coppell City Council reviews applications and presentations from non-profit arts and service organizations directly serving our local community seeking monetary assistance from the City. Presentations from three service organizations were given to the Council at the July 8, 2019 Budget Workshop.
For fiscal year 2019-2020, the City Council is considering requests in the amount of $215,422, which is approximately $3,300 less than the City Council awarded in the last fiscal year. Organizations asking for assistance include the Coppell Arts Council, the Coppell Chamber of Commerce, Metrocrest Services, the Coppell YMCA, Woven Community Clinic, the Ballet Ensemble of North Texas, and the Coppell Historical Society. The funding requests range in value from $5,000 to $90,000.
"We are a small community. We have residents that can and do benefit from many of the services offered by local non-profits," said Mayor Karen Hunt. "We assist select non-profits to ensure that our residents are given access to vital services to improve their quality of life. All of the organizations under consideration offer services to our residents that we as a city cannot cost effectively offer."
If approved by the City Council, the funding assistance will go toward programs that have a direct impact on Coppell residents. Woven Community Clinic, for example, requested assistance to continue to expand vital health services. The clinic, which has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, offers affordable, quality healthcare and puts an emphasis on disease prevention. Likewise, Metrocrest Services is requesting funding to aid Coppell families in need.
City Council is also considering requests to further the arts in Coppell. Requests include funds to expand the Ballet Ensemble of Texas' outreach initiatives to help them partner with the City to become a resident company at the soon-to-open Coppell Arts Center. The Coppell Arts Council also requested assistance to expand the variety of artwork that is displayed around the City to ensure that there are impactful pieces that all residents can enjoy. The Arts Council is also exploring a mobile app – Ottocast – that will encourage residents and visitors alike to locate and learn about the art pieces displayed in Coppell.
"We strive to be a Family Community for a Lifetime," said Hunt. "To achieve our mission, we are to serve all of our residents and stakeholders. If approved, these funding requests make up a small portion of our total General Fund budget but have a huge impact. These organizations benefit everyone in the community, and I'm extremely proud that we are able to help these groups grow and operate effectively and efficiently."
About the City of Coppell Budget:
The City of Coppell continues to see positive economic indicators in all areas of finance, including the City's AAA bond rating, growth in the tax base and surging sales tax receipts primarily due to thriving distribution centers and business parks. Expenditures, revenues, and reserves have been managed efficiently and proactively for many years, resulting in appropriate fund balances and a strong financial position.
"The City of Coppell is in a great financial position," said Mayor Karen Hunt. "City staff continue to do a fantastic job managing our public monies. We are very fortunate to live, work, and play in a city that places a high value on community and quality of life while focusing on maintaining what we have built."
The City of Coppell works diligently to be fiscally responsible and transparent, and the City continuously receives accolades from outside agencies regarding its financial planning and prudent budgeting practices. The City strongly encourages residents to get involved, attend public meetings and provide feedback on the proposed budget.
For more information about the FY 2019-2020 budget, contact the Finance Department at 972-304-3691 or visit coppelltx.gov/budget.