Sales tax collections down slightly in July

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in July totaled $13,097,419, down from July 2019 by 1.8%.

The city’s General Fund net sales tax collections through July are 96.2% to budget and at 100.6% through the same period last year. The Crime Control and Prevention District Fund sales tax collections through July are 97.3% to budget, and 100.6% through the same period last year.

The city originally anticipated collecting $172,769,615 in the General Fund by fiscal year end according to the FY2020 adopted budget.

Current collections are performing in line with expectations considering the adverse effects of COVID-19. Net collections performed better than the state’s decrease of 5.63% compared to last year. Future collections will continue to provide further understanding of the ongoing economic impact of the pandemic.

Sales tax revenue represents 22.4% of the city’s General Fund budget. This is the second largest revenue source, with property taxes being the largest.

For the Crime Control and Prevention District, sales tax revenue represents the largest revenue source.

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Mayor’s Alliance to Host Virtual Town Hall with the Southlake Police Department on July 29

The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture invites residents to a virtual Town Hall with the Southlake Police Department. Alliance members will be joined by Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, Assistant Police Chief Ashleigh Casey and members of the Southlake Police Department.

“The Alliance’s mission is to build community unity in Southlake,” Southlake Mayor Laura Hill said. “We know that building strong relationships starts with bringing everyone to the table to have a conversation. Through this event, our citizens will be able to get answers to their questions and share their concerns with the Police Department.”

The virtual Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, July 29 from 6 – 7 p.m.

Questions should be submitted to the Mayor’s Alliance by Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m., using this form. The Mayor’s Alliance members moderating the forum will ask questions as time allows and reserve questions for a future Town Hall, if needed.

To attend the Town Hall, visit: https://bit.ly/72920SLKMAUC. This Town Hall will be recorded and available on the City’s video on demand within 48 hours of the event.

For more information about the Southlake Police Department, please visit the City’s website.

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Small area of northwest Fort Worth will see reduced water pressure July 28

Small areas of new development in northwest Fort Worth will experience a temporary pressure reduction on Tuesday, July 28. The areas are east of Boat Club Road, north of WJ Boaz Road and south of Park Drive. Not all homes in the area will be affected.

Fort Worth has a water improvement project under construction to ensure it continues providing safe and reliable water service to the area. Completing the project requires temporarily supplying water to that area from a different part of the water system.

There will be a noticeable drop in water pressure. The work will start about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28 and may take up to six hours to complete.

Homes on the following streets and the Table Church at Bowman Roberts Road and WJ Boaz Road are impacted:

  • Lookout Point.
  • Captain’s Cove.
  • Settlers Peak Road.
  • Anchors Landing Pass.
  • Misty Breeze Drive northwest of Mountain Bluff Drive.
  • Eagles Landing Drive.
  • Blacksmith Avenue.
  • Smokehouse Drive.
  • Circling Wagon Way.
  • General Store Way.
  • Flour Mill Run.
  • Frontiersman Trail.
  • Railway Run.
  • Gangway Drive.
  • Schooner Drive.
  • Bollard Drive.

Homes will still have water at an adequate pressure, just considerably lower than normal. While all parts of the home will experience less pressure, the pressure drop will be even greater on the second floor of two-story homes.

Fort Worth Water regrets the inconvenience this may cause, but the result is a more resilient water system serving customers.

To learn more, contact Water Customer Service at 817-392-4477 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Near Southside ZIPZONE starts July 19

Trinity Metro is bringing a new on-demand transportation option to the Near Southside.

Starting July 19, the Near Southside ZIPZONE will serve the region that encompasses Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, Cook Children’s Medical Center, John Peter Smith Hospital, Texas Heath Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Medical City Fort Worth, Moncrief Cancer Institute, and UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth. The zone will also include many restaurants and businesses on Magnolia Avenue.

To give everyone a chance to try the service, fares will be complimentary through Aug. 31.

“This service is going to provide a new choice for the 40,000 employees who travel to the Near Southside for work,” Trinity Metro CEO and President Bob Baulsir said. “We partnered with the City of Fort Worth on this important transit initiative to provide a daily on-demand option.”

Wayne Gensler, vice president and chief operating officer of bus and paratransit, said, “The Near Southside ZIPZONE will offer significant benefits for employees, patients and visitors. Not only will it serve as a first-mile/last-mile connection to buses and trains, but it will also significantly enhance access for commuting into and around Fort Worth’s Medical District and the Near Southside.”

The ZIPZONE, which is provided through a contract with Via, will use black Toyota Siennas for the shared rides from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. ZIPZONE will connect with Trinity Metro TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express at the Fort Worth T&P Station and to bus routes 1 South Hemphill, 4 East Rosedale, 5a Evans Ave., 5b Glen Garden/Wichita, 6 Eighth Avenue/McCart/Hulen Mall, 9 Ramey/Vickery and 14 Sylvania/Northeast 28th.

“We anticipate that ZIPZONE will be a popular choice in this area, especially for daily commuters,” Gensler said. “One of the unique aspects of this service is that anyone within the service area has the option to use it for going to lunch or running an errand. The time saved by not having to find parking should encourage people to give it a try.”

To use the service, download the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE app. Use the app to order a ride. View an interactive map of the service area.

The Near Southside ZIPZONE is the fourth on-demand service provided by Trinity Metro. In June, the Crowley ZIPZONE was launched to help residents get to destinations within the city and also to connect with all of Trinity Metro’s other services throughout Tarrant County. In 2019, the Mercantile ZIPZONE was started to connect bus and TEXRail riders in the area near Mercantile Center Station. The Alliance ZIPZONE began in early 2019 to help connect bus passengers with jobs in the area. The on-demand service is an innovative solution that complements Trinity Metro’s other public transportation options.

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North Texas mayors hosting regional blood drive July 14

Join fellow North Texans for a regional blood drive presented by the North Texas Mayors Council from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14.

Make an appointment to donate at one of three locations:

  • Fort Worth City Hall, 200 Texas St.
  • Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
  • Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and a reduction in donations, blood supply levels are at a critical low. As a thank-you from Carter Blood Care, donors will receive a Texas Rangers baseball cap.

The event is sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the North Texas Commission and Carter Blood Care.

To learn more, contact Ashley Mergele.

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Southlake July 2020 New Biz List

This list of new Southlake businesses is provided by the Southlake Department of Economic Development and Tourism to help you see what’s new and what’s coming into the Southlake market! Contact us by Email if are a new business coming into town or if you have any questions about our listings. You may also visit www.SelectSouthlake.com for other business information or follow us on Facebook for the latest business news.

Now Open

  • Beanvoy Coffee Lounge – Beanvoy Coffee Lounge offers a variety of coffees such as cappuccinos, espressos and lattes, both hot and iced, in a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere at their new location. Beanvoy Coffee recently opened at 2801 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 100. Beanvoy Coffee Lounge Facebook 682-477-4090
  • Collective MVMT – The inspiration for Collective MVMT arose from their pursuit to provide effective, complementary workouts within a community of active, forward-leaning people working to fulfill their personal wellness goals. They live by the ethos that the collective energy their clients invest into their personal growth sets forth positive energy to the rest of their lives and into our shared community. Collective MVMT recently opened in Kimball Oaks at 2251 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 100. CollectiveMVMT.com 817-410-2060
  • Fabletics – At Fabletics, they create clothing that inspires you to stay active, whether that means competing in an iron woman competition, sweating in the studio, or chasing after your kids. Their on-trend designs are high in quality at prices you’ll feel good about. This is where the inspiration starts. Fabletics is opening this month in Southlake Town Square at 110 State Street, Suite 110. Fabletics.com 682-268-4898

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New Alarm Program Begins July 1

The City of Southlake will go live with its new alarm program on July 1, 2020. In an effort to reduce false alarms in Southlake, the City has updated its alarm ordinance and collaborated with PM AM Corporation to implement and administer the False Alarm Reduction Program. The partnership will also provide educational training for Southlake residents and business owners. PM AM is a national company with expertise in this area and will be responsible for alarm permit registrations, false alarm billings and educational material. PM AM has a record of providing excellent customer service. A False Alarm Management System (FAMS) website has been established to assist Southlake customers at www.FAMSpermit.com/Southlake.

The goal of this new program is to reduce the number of false alarm activations requiring a response by the Southlake Police Department.

According to Chief James Brandon, “This will free up police resources and reduce the fines levied on alarm customers by having a company who can reach out to residents and business owners who may have alarm malfunctions. This type of partnership allows those with alarms to be notified more quickly of false alarms so they can correct the malfunction.”

With fewer false alarm activations, officers will be available to respond to more urgent calls.

Current alarm permit holders do not need to take action. All account and transaction history will be uploaded to the new system. As of June 15, 2020, users may visit the citizen web portal and may request a username and password. Once the user validates their information, the system will email back their username and password. Citizens who are unable to complete the new account setup may contact PM AM at (877)356-7879 and a customer service representative will be able to assist.

Initial Alarm Registration: The City of Southlake Alarm Ordinance requires all residences and businesses to apply for an alarm permit by completing an alarm permit application available at www.FAMSpermit.com/Southlake. Alternatively, citizens can also complete the application by hand and send it to: City of Southlake False Alarm Program, P.O. Box 143276, Irving, TX 75014

Failure to register your alarm will result in additional fees or fines.

For any questions related to the City of Southlake Alarm Reduction Program please call PM AM at 877-356-7879, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Family Friendly Ideas to Celebrate Fourth of July at Home

This Fourth of July, celebrate Independence Day with your family and neighbors. The City of Southlake encourages all residents to commemorate our history, culture and community from the comfort of their homes.

Here are six ways you can celebrate Independence Day this year:

  1. Listen to festive music with the City of Southlake’s Fireworks 2020 Spotify playlist – Get in the Independence Day spirit and listen to music that will amplify the celebration.
  2. Shop, Eat and Enjoy Local for a chance to win a prize – Snap a photo of you supporting a local Southlake business, following safety guidelines and wearing masks where required, and submit it for our 2020 Fireworks Celebration Giveaway!
  3. Jump into a Family Pool Party – Beat the heat and take a cool splash in your pool. Grab your floats and goggles and dive in! Make sure your pool is safe before you swim.
  4. Eat something from the grill – The Fourth of July has always been a grill master’s holiday. Give Dad the opportunity for bragging rights and enjoy some good food with your family.
  5. Watch the Southlake Fireworks show from your home or online – The City of Southlake will host a 15-minute fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The display will be doubled in height so residents can watch from their backyard. It will also be live streamed on City of Southlake and Experience Southlake Facebook pages. Remember, Bicentennial Park will be closed to viewers all day.
  6. Share your celebration with us – All you have to do is download the Cinebody app (or use your mobile browser if you have android), sign up, enter code SLKFW and JOIN the project. Your celebration might even be shared on our social media pages!

Need more ideas? Click here! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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This Fourth of July, Celebrate with Your Community and Neighborhood

In honor of our country’s birthday, the City of Southlake is proud to announce our traditional fireworks display to pair with your neighborhood celebration!

The City encourages residents to commemorate our history, culture and community from the comfort of their homes with friends and family.

For the safety of the community, the traditional Stars and Stripes event has been modified and the festival portion will not take place.

“Our conversation has always been about how we can keep Southlake safe and healthy and celebrate our nation’s independence,” Community Services Director Chris Tribble said. “As a City, we are held to a higher standard. We have to do things right. I know our fireworks show is something our residents, visitors and businesses look forward to as well. This year, we’re excited to be able to celebrate the Fourth of July as neighbors and a community, safely.”

The City of Southlake is continuing the tradition of its incredible fireworks display by doubling the height of the display for stronger visibility so that residents can watch from their homes.

This year’s 15-minute fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m., Friday, July 3 from centrally located Bicentennial Park. The park will be closed all day July 3, and not accessible for viewers. Champions Club will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

Residents are encouraged to get to know their neighbors and celebrate the Fourth of July in their neighborhoods.

The display will be livestreamed on City of Southlake and Experience Southlake Facebook pages. Click here for more information about the fireworks show.

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