Prosper approves $119M budget

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
The Town Council meets twice monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

The Prosper Town Council meeting was held on Sept. 14.  The meeting began with pledges, the invocation, and announcements.  Council Member Charles Cotten reminded citizens that the Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Library have begun fall programming. 

The Prosper Days celebration is Sept. 25 at Frontier Park.  Also, the fire department thanked the developer of Windsong Ranch who donated a vacant house for training purposes.  Several residents of Prosper were in attendance due to both recognitions during the meeting and citizen participation during public comments.   

Mayor Ray Smith presented a proclamation to members of the local chapter of the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Prosper proclaimed that the week of Sept.17-23 is Constitution Week. 

Additionally, Robyn Battle, executive director of community services, presented awards to the members of the town’s communications staff from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.  The town staff earned a first place award for their coverage of the opening of the new police station.  

“I am very proud of all the work they did,” Battle said. 

During citizen comments, residents spoke to the council requesting competitive pay for First Responders compared with surrounding municipalities. 

Brian Stroven spoke at the meeting. 

“The Town’s best assets are the people.  The difference in pay is causing First Responders to decide to go to other towns.  It is obvious by past Bond elections that the residents love supporting these departments.  You need to increase the pay of the First Responders to keep them here in Prosper,” Stroven said.

Additionally, Jack Dixon thanked the Prosper ISD and Prosper for the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony.  

The Town Council heard a presentation about the proposed tax rate and budget Finance Director Betty Pamplin.  After this presentation, public comment, and debate between the Town Council members, the Council passed the 2021-2022 budget.  This budget will go into effect October 1, 2021.   

This budget will go into effect October 1, 2021.

The total budget passed is $119,476,797.  This budget addressed increased Capital Improvement Projects, additional public safety resources, and increased staff to better meet the needs of Prosper residents.  As the town continues to grow, these changes are needed to keep up with the demands of the increased number of residents.  Additionally, the Town Council lowered the tax rate to 51 cents per $100/valuation.  This is the first time the tax rate has been lowered since 2006.  Additional information about the budget can be found on the Town website.

The Town Council approved the plan for Calloway’s Nursery to be built on the north side of Richland Boulevard in the Gates of Prosper.  The plan includes an indoor retail area, a large greenhouse, and an outdoor retail area. 

The CEO of Calloway’s Mark Ward attended the meeting and spoke about the new store. 

“Residents of Prosper enjoy their plants and we are most anxious to be more convenient for them.  We have been around 34 years and have evolved our stores.  We have created buildings that keep our plants healthy.  The plants need airflow, which is why we have the buildings designed like this.  You get to see that beautiful color and residents really enjoy that.”   

At the end of the meeting the council named members for the various committees that serve the town before adjourning. 

The Town Council meets twice monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.