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Part One of Seven: Community Development
As the City of Coppell moves into the future, City staff recognizes the need to be proactive and strategic when it comes to budget planning. Coppell is reaching a state of build-out, and the City's population is not expected to increase exponentially in the coming years. However, the City's population has continued to grow in recent years, and Coppell saw a 3% increase in the number of residents from 2014 to 2018. In order to accommodate this growth and continue to offer the high-level of service that residents expect, the City strategically invests significant funds into projects and initiatives that benefit the whole community.
Further, the City of Coppell is transitioning into a sustainment stage. As infrastructure ages, the City must take steps to proactively maintain its assets and improve upon the high standard of living in Coppell. The City has begun to place an increased priority on maintenance and redevelopment. From roadways to sidewalks to streetscapes, City crews are working continuously to maintain public assets to ensure that they continue to be viable into the future.
"Our future is wholly dependent on our ability to serve the public," said Mike Land, City Manager. "The City's dedicated municipal workforce recognizes that the 'person in the house' is our only reason for existing, and we strive to demonstrate that through our actions and behaviors. The level of service is great today, but our goal is to make it even better tomorrow. Our continued efforts to maintain and improve our overall service delivery and maintenance efforts will enhance Coppell's desirability as a community of choice for existing and potential residents, businesses and visitors."
Budget Planning Process
The City of Coppell uses a rolling five-year planning document to prioritize projects and major expenditures. This document is updated annually, and it serves as a guideline for the upcoming fiscal year budgets. Every project that the City prioritizes has a direct and measurable benefit to the community. Over the past three years, the City has used this document to plan for various projects and services that are funded through the General Fund, various Special Revenue Funds and grants, when available. These projects and services include:
While the residential population of Coppell is not expected to increase significantly, the City is actively working with corporations to bring more businesses to Coppell. The City's economic development initiatives have resulted in an increase in sales and property tax revenues from the business community that have allowed the City to fund numerous projects. The increase in job creation has also benefitted the City significantly.
Over the past three years, the City of Coppell has worked with businesses to create an annual average of 600 new jobs. Coppell's business friendly approach to development encourages the growth of high-quality business and relocation projects. In 2017, nearly 1,500 businesses called Coppell home.
The City has also been successful in attracting hotel development. The City currently has one hotel, and three more are under construction. Hotels not only offer meeting spaces and conference center options to residents, but they also have the potential to bring in significant tax dollars that the city can use for future projects.
About the City of Coppell Budget:
The City of Coppell continues to see positive economic indicators in all areas of finance, including the recently reaffirmed 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 FY2018-2019 budget, contact the Finance Department at 972-304-3691 or visit coppelltx.gov/budget.