Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to questions the City of Mansfield expects to receive about its efforts to put capital projects in front of Mansfield residents. If you have a question that is not answered below, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you as soon as possible. This address is monitored by city staff.
Financial Questions & Answers
How are the City of Mansfield’s basic services (police, fire, water, sewer, streets) funded and is adequate funding going toward these services?
What is the City of Mansfield’s current tax rate?
The City of Mansfield’s current tax rate is $0.69 per $100 of assessed property valuation. However, Mansfield property owners also pay taxes to Mansfield Independent School District, Tarrant County, Tarrant County College, and the Tarrant County Hospital District.
In total, Mansfield property owners pay a total of $2.72 per $100 of assessed property valuation. That means the owner of a property assessed at $400,000 pays $10,880 per year in taxes. The owner of a property assessed at $200,000 pays $5,440 per year in taxes.
Does the City of Mansfield have a good bond rating?
The City of Mansfield has long demonstrated strong creditworthiness. In the summer of 2021, Standard & Poors affirmed the AAA long-term rating for the city’s series 2021 combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation (CO). Fitch Ratings also affirmed the city’s AA+ bond rating for the $9.5 million in CO bonds the city issued this year. Additionally, Moody’s Investor Services upgraded the City of Mansfield’s general obligation (series 2021) to Aa1 and sales-tax bonds from Aa3 to Aa2 for both the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation and Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation.
Would the issuance of new bonds affect the City of Mansfield’s bond rating?
The issuance of new bonds should not negatively affect the city's bond rating. The increase in the Interest & Sinking (I&S) tax rate of the ad valorem tax will be voter-approved. That, coupled with the anticipated increase in the city's tax base and the fact that debt is retired on an annual basis, should provide credit-rating agencies adequate comfort in the city's overall financial stability.
What recent City of Mansfield projects have been financed by bonds?
The city recently sold $9.5 million in certificates of obligation (CO) bonds to design, purchase, construct, improve, and expand public safety and community services facilities, infrastructure and equipment. The city has also funded most street projects using annual CO bonds since the expiration of the 2004 Bond Program.
What is the City of Mansfield’s current ad valorem-supported debt?
The City of Mansfield has $151,135,000 in outstanding general fund debt.
Capital Project Questions & Answers
What projects is the Mansfield City Council asking the public to consider?
The Mansfield City Council is asking the public to consider a number of projects. They are listed below:
- A community center with fitness, indoor track, a gymnasium, recreation classes, an indoor lap pool and aquatics, community and event spaces, an indoor playground and an expansive new library with collections and program rooms, study spaces and makerspace;
- A civic gathering space that would include a relocation of Mansfield City Hall and office space;
- A veterans memorial plaza with a water feature and a monument recognizing all military branches;
- A Miracle League field at McClendon Park East — a custom, barrier-free baseball facility for players of all abilities that would also add a new playground, pavilion, restroom building, astroturf and looped trail;
- A 138-acre community park in southwest Mansfield that would include a state-of-the-art soccer complex, trails, playgrounds, pavilions, sport courts and other park amenities;
- Upgrades to Michael L. Skinner Sports Complex — comprehensive redevelopment into expanded, updated baseball complex with trails, pond, playground, sport courts and other community park amenities;
- An expansion of Mansfield's trail network that would complete the Walnut Creek Linear Trail to eastern and western city limits and connect Pond Branch Linear Trail from Historic Downtown to South Main Street; and
- Strategic local roadway improvements and reconstruction.
City staff showed the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee in-depth presentations about each of these projects. To view the presentations, click here.
Which of those projects did the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee recommend?
The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee recommended the City Council pursue five of the projects: a library, recreation, events, aquatics and fitness center; a Miracle League baseball field; a community park in the southwest quadrant of Mansfield; upgrades to Michael L. Skinner Sports Complex; and expansions to the Walnut Creek and Pond Branch linear trails.
What are the next steps toward making the projects being considered a reality?
Now that the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee has recommended projects that were previously identified by the City Council, the City of Mansfield will focus on informing the general public about the projects being considered and identifying funding sources for them. Among the possible options is for the City Council to call a bond election in May 2022. The City Council must call for a May 2022 bond election by Feb. 18, 2022.
If a bond election were to be called, how would projects be placed on the ballot?
Ultimately, the City Council would decide which projects, if any, are placed on a bond election ballot. The committee recommended that, should the City Council call a bond election, all but two projects be separate propositions. The committee recommended that a community park in the southwest quadrant of Mansfield and upgrades to Skinner Sports Complex be included together in a single proposition.
What capital improvement projects is the City of Mansfield working on right now?
The City of Mansfield is working on a number of capital improvement projects, all through different sources of funding. Those projects and their funding sources are below:
2021 General Fund Capital Improvement Program ($9.5 million):
- A training tower for the police and fire departments
- A driving track for the police and fire departments
- A new headquarters for the police department
- An information center for the Man House Museum
- An expansion of the Mansfield Public Library building
- A signature playground at Katherine Rose Memorial Park
- A new park in the northwest quadrant of Mansfield, off of Gertie Barrett Road
2021 Street Bond Fund Capital Improvement Program ($1.282 million):
- Construction of Pond Street from Broad Street to Lake Street (47th Year Community Development Block Grant)
- New traffic signal on FM 157 at Watson Branch Development
- Reconstruction of Concord Drive from Country Club Drive to Stratford Drive
- Median improvements to Turner Warnell Road from FM 157 to Callendar Road
- Asphalt reconstruction of Mitchell Road from south of Heritage Parkway to Mathis Road
2021 Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation Capital Improvement Program ($6.19 million):
- Walnut Creek Linear Park Phase 3B (design)
- McClendon Park improvements (design and construction)
- James McKnight Park West (design and construction)
- Mansfield Activities Center park improvements (design and construction)
- Athletic Complex improvements (construction)
- Britton Park (master planning)
- Southwest Community Park (master planning)
2021 Utility Fund Capital Improvement Program ($5.27 million):
- A cybersecurity update to the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software used to run the city’s water treatment sites
- The relocation of water lines along Highway 287 from the railroad track to the southernmost part of the highway within the corporate limits of Mansfield (these lines must be relocated due to the ongoing construction of access roads along the highway)
- Ongoing land acquisition for a future water treatment plant
- A pilot study related to membrane filtration and additional efforts related to the study
2022 Bond Election Steering Committee Questions & Answers
What is the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee?
The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee is a group of Mansfield residents that was tasked with deciding which and how many of the capital projects to recommend to the City Council for consideration.
What is the purpose of the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee?
The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee has assisted the City of Mansfield in its efforts to transform Mansfield into a world-class hometown. More specifically, the committee prioritized the city’s capital project concepts and recommended to the Mansfield City Council projects it believes should move forward.
How was the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee formed?
The Mansfield City Council selected 18 committee members, and city leadership selected 10 additional members after reviewing more than 40 applications.
When and where were the committee's meetings?
The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee met multiple time per month from early September to early December. The meetings took place in City Hall (1200 E. Broad St.) and in the Living Church building located at 2271 Matlock Rd. The committee's meetings were open to the public.
General Questions & Answers
What is the Mansfield City Council’s vision statement?
For Mansfield to be “a vibrant city for people and businesses that value world-class experiences, culture, quality and a second-to-none level of community service in a hometown environment.”
Why is the Mansfield City Council considering calling a bond election?
Leaders throughout the City of Mansfield have capital project ideas that would provide noteworthy essentials and remarkable experiences for Mansfield. However, the City of Mansfield does not have the resources to move forward with all of these projects – at least not without financial commitment from residents. Therefore, the Mansfield City Council is asking residents to weigh these projects’ potential benefits in consideration of their potential costs.
When would a City of Mansfield bond election take place?
Consideration is being given to calling a bond election on May 7, 2022.
Who would be able to vote in a City of Mansfield bond election?
Anyone who is registered to vote within the corporate limits of the City of Mansfield would be able to vote in a city bond election.
When did the City of Mansfield last hold a bond election?
In February 2004, the City of Mansfield held an election in which Mansfield residents voted on a $32,535,000 bond program, which called for funding for certain street improvements, a family aquatic center, computer-aided dispatch software and related equipment for the public safety departments, and an expansion of the Mansfield Public Library. All four propositions on the ballot passed. A tax increase was not necessary to finance the bonds.
How do bond election propositions pass?
Bond election propositions pass if more than 50% (a simple majority) of the voters who cast a ballot approve. Bond election ballots can include multiple propositions.
How can Mansfield residents learn more about this discussion?
Residents are encouraged to visit the Steering Committee Presentations webpage to view the slideshows shown to the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee.
How can Mansfield residents share their opinions about the capital projects being considered?
Residents are encouraged to provide feedback by emailing email@example.com or by speaking during the Citizen Comments portion of regular City Council meetings. Those who wish to comment during a City Council meeting must fill out a blue card and provide it to the Assistant City Secretary prior to the meeting. Due to regulations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Council members may not respond to your comments.
The City of Mansfield also hosted public, town hall-style meetings on Nov. 16 and Oct. 28, in which Mansfield residents shared their opinions about the projects. City staff shared the public's feedback with the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee and the City Council.
Mansfield’s quality of life is good. What is the city doing to make it even better?
Though “quality of life” is an ambiguous term, the City of Mansfield has always strived and will always strive to provide noteworthy essentials and remarkable experiences to everyone who calls Mansfield home.
Terms to Know
What is a bond?
A bond is essentially a loan. When a unit of government such as the City of Mansfield issues a bond, it receives a loan that is secured by the unit of government’s assets. The unit of government then owes principal and interest on that loan to the lender. Bonds are oftentimes issued for a fixed term of many years, and are typically categorized as long-term debt.
What is a bond election?
A bond election is when a unit of government such as the City of Mansfield asks residents to consider additional proposed spending.
What is a capital improvement program?
A 5- to 10-year strategic plan to allocate resources toward a variety of citywide infrastructure and facility needs.
What is True NORTH?
True NORTH is the encapsulation of the City of Mansfield’s guiding principles. NORTH is an acronym that stands for Noteworthy Essentials, Organizational Excellence, Remarkable Experiences, Together As One, and Healthy Economy.
What do each of True NORTH’s guiding principles entail?
See additional details below:
- Noteworthy Essentials — The City of Mansfield will continue to deliver high-quality essential services to its residents, businesses and visitors.
- Organizational Excellence — The City of Mansfield will foster a healthy environment for its own employees to maximize productivity, boost morale, attract high-quality candidates and establish itself as a destination employer.
- Remarkable Experiences — The City of Mansfield will find creative and innovative ways to provide its residents, businesses and visitors with world-class amenities and experiences – above and beyond essential functions and services.
- Together As One — The City of Mansfield will remain a close-knit community as growth continues. The City of Mansfield will provide world-class social infrastructure and opportunities for all of its residents to connect and enjoy remarkable experiences together.
- Healthy Economy — The City of Mansfield will support and strengthen its economy in all strategic decision-making, and will leverage its assets to preserve its economic vitality.