Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a set of questions we expect to receive about our efforts to put capital project ideas in front of Mansfield residents, as well as answers to those questions. If you have a question that is not answered below, email us at email@example.com and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
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 facilities, parks and street projects. They are listed below:
- Multigenerational facility — a community center that includes recreation, fitness, aquatics and library spaces
- A town center that would include a relocation of Mansfield City Hall
- Veterans Memorial at Julian Feild Park
- Miracle League Field — construction of a custom, barrier-free baseball facility at McClendon Park East for players of all abilities; project will also add a new playground, pavilion, restroom building and looped trail
- Southwest Community Park — development of phase one of a community park to include athletic fields, trails and general park amenities
- Michael L. Skinner Sports Complex — phase one redevelopment will construct new baseball fields and add trails and general park amenities
- A trail network
When would the projects being considered be built?
Each project would have its own estimated time of completion.
What are the first steps toward making the projects being considered a reality?
Now that the Mansfield City Council has identified capital project ideas to share with the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee, we will focus on:
- Informing the committee and the general public about the projects;
- Working with the committee to prioritize the projects in an effort to identify which projects are of the most public interest; and
- Identifying funding sources for each project. Among the possible options is to call a bond election in May 2022.
If a bond election were to occur, how would projects be placed on the ballot?
The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee will recommend projects to the Mansfield City Council for full discussion. Ultimately, the City Council will decide which projects – if any – are placed on the ballot.
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 tasked with deciding which and how many of the capital project ideas to recommend to the Mansfield City Council for consideration.
What is the purpose of the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee?
The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee will assist the City of Mansfield in its efforts to transform Mansfield into a world-class hometown. More specifically, the committee will prioritize the city’s capital project ideas and recommend to the Mansfield City Council projects that 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.
Can Mansfield residents still join the 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee?
No. The deadline to apply to serve on the committee was Aug. 13.
When and where are the committee meetings?
The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from September to December. More meetings may be necessary. The meetings take place in the Council Chambers of City Hall (1200 E. Broad St.).
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 holding 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. The 2022 Bond Election Steering Committee is studying capital project ideas now.
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. A bond election ballot can include multiple propositions.
How can Mansfield residents learn more about this discussion?
Visit the webpage for the City of Mansfield’s 2022 Bond Program to learn more about the projects being considered. We will add additional information to this page as it becomes known.
How can Mansfield residents share their opinions about the capital projects being considered?
The City of Mansfield will host town hall-style meetings where residents may offer feedback on the projects being considered. We will share more information about these meetings in the coming weeks.
Residents are also encouraged to provide feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.
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 voters 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 mean?
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.