In an effort to increase financial transparency and keep citizens informed about how their tax dollars are being spent, the City of Shavano Park offers the following financial information.

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Financial Transparency

BUDGET OVERVIEW - Fiscal Year 2023 - 2024
Monthly Budget Status (November 2023 Financials)

This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $537,527, which is a 12.4% increase from last year’s budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $117,349.

Record Vote on Budget & Tax Rate:
  Budget Tax Rate Ratify
Mayor Bob Werner
(only votes in event of a tie)
Council Members    
Konrad Kuykendall (Pro Tem) For For
Albert Aleman For For
Maggie Kautz For For
Pete Miller For For
Lee Powers For For

Total debt obligation for the City of Shavano Park secured by property taxes: $12,224,240.

Operating Budget Summary
The current budget allocates $6.7M for City operations from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024. All City operational, service and staff expenses are included in this number. The departmental breakdown of the $6.7M is below. As you can see, the operating budget of the City is roughly 1/3 Police, 1/3 Fire and 1/3 all other departments / transfers.

What are some of the items your tax dollars purchased this year? Here are a few:231023 - GF Breakdown

  • Wages and benefits for 47 City employees (4 others are Water funded) with a 5% cost of living increase with 2.5% step increase for all City employees along with additional market-driven salary increases for fire, police and public works employees
  • Fuel and maintenance to operate 32 City vehicles and trailers
  • $323,000 transferred to Capital Replacement Fund for future capital purchases
  • All costs associated with City-sponsored events

If this list seems light on equipment expenditures that is because the majority of the General Fund’s capital requirements are being purchased using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the Federal Government to compensate for lost revenues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and are recorded in a separate fund.

The first item listed above, wages and benefits is the lion’s share of the City budget. The heart of City operations and services is City staff.

231023 - SPFD Expense Breakdown

For example, here is a breakdown of the Police Department’s general fund expenditures. As you can see, 90% of the Police’s $2.3M expenses is for the annual wages and benefits of our Police officers.

Note that Police Department capital items, such as patrol cars, weapons and computers are usually funded in the Crime Control & Prevention District Fund (which is supported by a portion of sales tax revenues and not by property taxes). This year $193,000 in the Crime Control Fund is being spent for the replacement of two Patrol vehicles, video cloud storage services for patrol vehicles and body worn cameras, training, the National Night Out event and Neighborhood Watch supplies.

231023 - GF 5 YR Expenditures

In the past five years City General fund expenditures have increased, from $5.45M in FY2020 to $6.7M in FY2024. This is a bit misleading though because $225,000 of ARPA funds are being used for Capital items that would normally be expended under the General Fund or Capital Replacement Fund.

This steady increase has enabled the City to remain competitive with respect to wages and benefits for City employees, and fully fund the City’s capital requirements each year.

Capital Budget Summary

The purpose of the Capital Replacement Fund is to spread out the burdensome costs of capital items over a number of budget cycles. This allows the City to maintain a balanced budget from year-to-year even when large capital expenditures are required or allows the purchase of required equipment in a down revenue year.

In Fiscal Year 2024, the Capital Replacement Fund proposes $55,000 in capital purchases, with an additional $225,000 in ARPA Funds for capital items. The City is utilizing ARPA funds to better position the City in the future with regards to capital replacement costs. Some capital purchases in the funds for Fiscal Year 2024 include: $35,000 for a new stake body truck for Public Works (Water Utility funds covers other $35,000), $12,000 for AC unit replacement (if needed) and $7,500 for a new stair machine for Fire Department.

231023 - 5YR Tax RatesProperty Taxes
City operations are largely funded by property taxes paid by City residents and businesses. For this budget year, 65.8% of the City’s General Fund revenues are from property tax collections. Other major revenue sources include sales tax, franchise fees and permits / licenses.

In FY 2024 the City property tax rate was increased by one cent increase. The rate increase is to pay continued debt costs associated with the voter-approved $10M Bond from the May 7, 2022 Bond Election to reconstruct City roads. Read more at

Texas Tax Code, Chapter 26, Section 26.18 – Property Tax Information:

Property tax revenues are divided into Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and Interest & Sinking (I&S) rates and used to fund annual operations and debt servicing respectively. Here are the City’s M&O and I&S rates and their revenues over the last three fiscal years.

Maintenance & Operations

Tax Rate per $100 valuation


Fiscal Year 2021 – 2022


$ 3,750,778

Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023


$ 4,010,000 (unaudited)

Fiscal Year 2023 – 2024 (current)


$ 4,386,300 (budget)


Interest & Sinking

Tax Rate per $100 valuation


Fiscal Year 2021 – 2022


$ 166,697

Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023


$ 331,000 (unaudited)

Fiscal Year 2023 – 2024 (current)


$ 385,600 (budgeted)

The I&S tax rate for Fiscal Year 2023 – 2024 was increased ($0.09727) to pay continued debt costs associated with the voter-approved $10M Bond in May 7, 2022 Bond Election to reconstruct City roads.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the change in General Fund (which accounts for the entire M&O rate as well as other revenue sources) between FY 2023 and FY 2024:

Fiscal Year 2023 Amended

Fiscal Year 2024 Adopted

Dollar Change

Percentage Change

$ 6,346,780

$ 6,731,775

$ 384,995



231023 - Property Tax Rate Comparison

If you are wondering why this rate seems low compared to your recent property tax bill, it is because City property taxes is only 15% of your total 2023 Tax Year tax bill. The largest portion of your property tax bill is assessed by Northside Independent School District at 49%.

For more information about Property Taxes in Texas visit the Texas Comptroller's Truth-In-Taxation page. You can also look up your property tax rates at Bexar County’s Truth-In-Taxation page.

Sales Tax
Sales tax is the second largest revenue source for the City, providing a budgeted $1,116,000 in FY 2024. For every taxable sale made in the City, 1.5% goes to the City. Of this 1.5%, 1.0% goes to the General Fund and a quarter of a percent each to Street Maintenance Fund and the Crime Control & Prevention District Fund.


Total: 8.25%



City (General Fund)


City (Street Maintenance)


City (Crime Control District)




The Crime Control & Prevention District Fund’s activity includes the purchase of capital items for the Police Department. This year, for example, sales tax revenues are being spent to replace two Patrol vehicles budgeted at $150,000.

The Street Maintenance fund is a savings account for future roadway resurfacing and repair projects. This fund’s reserves are a major reason why the $10M Bond only required a 0.02 cent tax increase over two years. $470,000 of the Street Maintenance Fund reserves are being expended this year to pay the principal and interest costs associated with the voter-approved $10M Bond from the May 7, 2022 Bond Election to reconstruct City roads.