FY19 Proposed Budget

The City's Budget is Your Budget

The City’s annual proposed budget is first and foremost designed to fund the priorities of YOU – the residents of Sugar Land!  This year, the priority emphasis is on investments in public safety - including drainage improvements to protect you and your property, innovations in Fire / EMS service and the design of new facilities critical to keeping you safe, such as a new Emergency Operations & Public Safety Dispatch Center.

Citizen engagement is an important cornerstone of the success of our community, and we invite you to participate in learning more about the budget and sharing your thoughts with us through upcoming workshops and public hearings. Your feedback is very important to ensuring Sugar Land is the premier city in the Houston region.

Review the FY19 Proposed Budget and Five Year Capital Improvement Program

Your Tax Dollars at Work

2019 Proposed Budget Infographic - Your Tax Dollars at Work

2018 Proposed Tax Rate

City Council is considering a tax rate of $0.32762 for 2018. For information on the proposed tax rate and truth in taxation process, please visit the 2018 Proposed Tax Rate page.

  • 2018 Homestead Exemption: 10%
  • 2018 Over 65/ Disabled Exemption: $70,000

You Are Invited- Tell us what you think! 

Join us for a public hearing on the proposed FY19 budget and Five Year CIP!

  • When: August 21, 6:00 p.m.
  • Where:
    City Hall - Council Chambers
    2700 Town Center Blvd North

Did you know?

  • The City of Sugar Land makes up about 15% of the average residential tax bill- even with the proposed increase for the park bonds. 2018 Tax Bill Breakdown (proposed tax rates)
  • Sugar Land's tax rate is the second lowest in the state for cities our size. In the 2018 tax survey by the Texas Municipal League, Sugar Land's tax rate is well below the average tax rate of 59 cents for the 37 cities with populations over 60,000. TML Tax Survey
  • Over the last 15 years, the average value home has increased by about 5% annually, while the average tax bill has only increased by about 3% annually over the same time period. The city has accomplished this through lowering the tax rate and increasing the homestead exemption from 1% to 10%. Residential Values vs Tax Bills
  • Did you know your city tax bill would be nearly double if your home was located in a comparable city in the Houston region? Since 1993, Sugar Land has lowered its tax rate about 18 cents through economic development and growth in sales tax revenue – and now has the second lowest property tax rate in the State of Texas among cities our size. Historical City Tax Rates

City Manager Files FY19 Proposed Budget

As required by the City Charter, the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget was filed by the City Manager at the July 17, 2018 City Council meeting.

The proposed budget totals $245.4 million and includes $27.2 million for capital projects and $218.2 million for operations. There are no new positions and no new programs included in the proposed budget.

The budget funds current services- with limited increases due to contractual increases and additions focused on strengthened resilience and innovative constraint.  To learn more about the budget, visit the pages shown on the left menu. For a breakdown of the summary by individual fund, please see the budget summary by fund.

FY19 Proposed Budget

Fund FY19 Budget
General Fund
$  89,259,374
Debt Service Funds
31,443,866
Utility Enterprise Fund
41,830,180
Airport Enterprise Fund
15,329,997
Solid Waste Fund
8,133,256
Economic Development 
13,943,094
Other Funds
18,267,497
Total Operating Funds
$ 218,207,264
Capital Projects
27,213,995
Total FY19 Budget
$245,421,259

More Information

For any comments, questions, or requests, contact budget@sugarlandtx.gov