The City of Ovilla is committed to a transparent government. Transparency promotes accountability and shares information to our citizens so they will know where and how their tax dollars are being used. The following information is provided with complete effort and commitment to achieve this goal.
If you need assistance or explanation with any of the following information, please contact Ovilla Finance Department either by phone- 972-617-7262, fax- 972-515-3221, or email.
April 2014, the City of Ovilla was awarded the Platinum Leadership Circle Award through the State Comptroller of Public Accounts by implementing financial transparency. What is Texas Transparency?
Again, July 2015, the City of Ovilla was, for the second year in a row and the first municipality in Ellis County, to be awarded the Platinum Leadership Circle Award through the State Comptroller of Public Accounts for continued financial transparency.
Since then, the Comptroller's office has modified the criteria and soon Ovilla will be applying for the Texas Comptroller Transparency Stars Award.
2018 Ellis and Dallas Appraisal Districts Certified Values
Notice of 2018 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate
A tax rate of $0.660000 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of CITY OF OVILLA. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. The governing body of CITY OF OVILLA proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of street improvements, change from part time to full time fire captains and firemen, vehicle replacement for police and park improvements.
PROPOSED TAX RATE $0.660000 per $100
PRECEDING YEAR'S TAX RATE $0.680399 per $100
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE $0.621776 per $100
ROLLBACK TAX RATE $0.662271 per $100
Property Tax Rate History for Ovilla
Ovilla Tax Rate History
Ovilla Sales Tax History Chart
Current Sales Tax and Property Tax
Property Tax Code
The Texas Constitution and Property Tax Code states that a taxing unit (City) must comply with certain steps in adopting their tax rates. The Truth-in-Taxation Law was passed for two purposes. The first is to make taxpayers aware of tax rate proposals and the second is to allow taxpayers, to rollback or limit the tax increase. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts publishes a guide every year with all the updated laws to make this process easier for Cities to follow. The four major principles of truth-in-taxation is that the property owners have the right to know about increases, the tax unit must publish the effective and rollback tax rates, the taxing unit must publish a special notice and hold two public hearing if the rate exceeds the effective rate and if the rate exceeds the rollback rate - then the voters may petition for an election.
The Effective rate is the rate that is a calculated rate that would provide the taxing unit with the same amount of revenue it received in the year before on properties taxed in both years. If property values rise, the effective tax rate will go down. If property values fall with appraisals, then the effective rate goes up.
The Rollback rate is the calculated rate that is the maximum rate allowed by law without voter approval. This rate is 8% over the effective maintenance and operation rate.
The tax rate is split into two parts. The first part is the maintenance and operation rate or commonly referred to as the M and O rate. This rate is used to fund the day-to-day operations and is unrestricted revenue. This rate is set by Council.
The Second part is the debt rate or commonly referred to as the I and S rate. This rate is used to fund any bonds that have been issued by the City. This rate is set by the amount of debt the City currently is paying and is calculated by the Tax Office.
The budget serves as the financial plan for the City. Each fiscal year budget depicts proposed expenditures and revenues listed by department and account description.
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2015-2016 FY Budget
2014-2015 FY Budget
2013-2014 FY Budget
FY2013-2014 Visual Data and WS Revenue History
2012-2013 FY Budget
2011-2012 FY Budget
2010-2011 FY Budget
2009-2010 FY Budget
2008-2009 FY Budget
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2017
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2016
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2015
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2014
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2013
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2012
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2011
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2010
Annual Financial Statements Ending Fiscal Year September 30, 2009
Ovilla payments may be viewed through the check registers. Each register includes a description, check detail and the payee's name. The registers are searchable.
FY 2014-15 CK Register Q1
FY 2013-14 CK Register Q4
FY 2013-14 CK Register Q3
FY 2013-2014 CK Register Q2
FY 2013-2014 CK Register 1st Quarter
FY 2012-2013 Check Register
FY 2011-2012 Check Register
FY 2010-2011 Check Register
Texas Municipal League
Best Southwest Partnership
Welcome to NCTCOG
Municipal Energy Consumption
Energy Usage per Calendar Year:
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2017
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2016
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2015
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2014
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2013
Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2012
The General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2011 were issued to refinance or refund three separate series of bonds. The refinancing was done strictly for savings purposes.
The three series of bonds that were refunded along with their original purpose is as follows:
1. Tax and Waterworks System Surplus Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2002 -
Original purpose: Improvements to the waterworks system
2. General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2005 -
Original purpose: These bonds refunded the Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 1991 which were originally issued through the Texas Water Development Board for improvements to the waterworks system.
3. Water System and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2005 -
Original purpose: Water and Sewer improvements.
Bond and Debt Pledge
Texas State Comptroller
Learn about Texas Transparency
Texas Transparency - Debt at a Glance