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Water Restrictions Continued Until October 1, 2014

North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has decided to continue Stage 3 water restriction as part of their Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan. Stage 3 is considered SEVERE.

The City of Kaufman is a customer of NTMWD and is required to enforce the conservation measures called for in the Water District’s Plan and the City’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan. Therefore, the City of Kaufman is imposing the following water use restrictions from September 1, 2014 to November 1, 2014:

  1. Prohibit the hosing or washing of paved areas, buildings or windows,
  2. Prohibit operation of ornamental fountains, if they use treated water,
  3. Prohibit washing or rinsing of vehicles with a hose,
  4. Prohibit wasteful practices of irrigation systems such as allowing runoff into public rights of way, watering impervious areas,or allowing known leakage to continue;
  5. Prohibit outdoor watering with sprinklers between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  6. Limit watering with sprinklers to once a week, with those residents east of Washington Street to water on Saturday and those west of Washington to water on Sunday (large users like the School District and the County Jail will be contacted for special arrangements):
      Exceptions:
    • Foundations, new landscaping, new plantings (first year) of shrubs and trees may be watered for up to 2 hours on any day by a handheld hose or soaker hose, or a dedicated zone using a drip irrigation system;
    • Public athletic fields used for competition maybe watered twice per week;
    • locations using other sources of water supply for irrigation may irrigate without restrictions;
  7. Existing swimming pools may not be drained and refilled.

For more information, call the Public Works Department at 972-932-2216, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information on Stage 3 Severe water restrictions, please click the link above.

Emergency Alert System

The Kaufman Police Department is participating in a national mass-notification system that will keep Kaufman residents aware of situations that may affect their lives or their neighbors. The new system is called "nixle CONNECT." If you go to the Nixle site and sign up you will recieve weather alerts, traffic problems, and even notifications of missing people. The alerts will come to you in any format you prefer. The Police Department is sending out its information through text and emails.

Go to www.nixle.com and sign up. It will make your life safer.

Pay your Utility Bill online

The City of Kaufman now offers our utility customers the ability to pay their bills online. Just click here and we will take you to the online bill pay page.

Did you know...?

You can help improve City Parks by making cash contributions to the City Parks through your utility bill. That's right. Just fill out the City's Park Contribution Form and we will add your contribution to your monthly utility bill for as long as you want. That money will not be spent on salaries or any other operating costs. It will only be used for improvements like playground equipment, park benches, etc. Try it out.

For Development Services, Building Inspections and Planning and Zoning Information, please click on the Government link tab to the right of the main page.

2014 Farmers Market

All persons wanting to sell at the Kaufman Farmers Association Market must agree to the terms of the Rules & Regulations and show their agreement by signing this Application. Vendors must submit the Application, Growers Statement and the 2013, non-refundable application fee of $30 for each 10’ x 20’ space, along with any other applicable documentation. The Market will be held at the Kaufman County South Campus Courthouse Annex located at 3001 S. Washington Street. The hours of the Market are 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact Sandra Stahlman at 214-802-5890. Completed applications should be returned to Texas Agri Life Extension Service, Attn: Kaufman Farmer’s Market, 2471 N. State Hwy 34, Kaufman, Texas 75142.

 

Rate Increase Effective Notice:

Effective Immediately: The Human Society of Cedar Creek has increased the fee to house and provide care for all stray animals. The cost to recover your animal from the Human Society will now be $35.00 per animal with an additional $10.00 per day boarding fee. You MUST also provide proof of current rabies vaccination to recover your pet. Also, effective immediately, if you SURRENDER your pet to the Kaufman Police Department, Animal Control Officer, there will be a $45.00 fee charged for transport and housing due at that time. Please remember to keep your animals safe and protected.

 

Advertising Space at Sports Complex

The City of Kaufman is offering advertising space on the outfield fences of the Sports Complex ball fields. All proceeds will be used in the Kaufman City Parks for park improvements such as bleachers, scoreboards, picnic tables, and other park conveniences. For a one year term and a fee of $150 per vinyl sign, your business sign will be displayed. Guidelines: All signage will need to be approved by city staff, purchase your own 4 x 8 vinyl sign, deliver to City Hall. Vinyl banners can be purchased at Typografix 972/962-2725 or B & D Graphics 972/932-1323. Please click on application form link for more information.

Vietnam Wall Replica

On November 7, 2009, after months of planning and combined local efforts, an 80% size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall was dedicated in Kaufman. Kaufman is now home to the largest replica of the wall in a permanent location. The Wall's new home is located adjacent to the Veteran's Memorial Park on Highway 1388.

Annexation Plan

 

Reverse 911

Connect CTY

The City of Kaufman and Kaufman County have contracted for a new service called "Reverse 911." Through the help of a Homeland Security grant, the City is able to call each citizen in the City of Kaufman and notify them of an oncoming emergency situation.

All published phone numbers will automatically be entered into the system. You can add additional phone numbers or fax numbers as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Business

The City of Kaufman "wants your business." For those retailers, industries and other commercial enterprises in Kaufman, we wish you well and want to help you expand. Businesses wanting to relocate, think about relocating to one of the fastest growing areas in Texas.

Visit the Kaufman Chamber for a list of businesses already located in Kaufman and information on what is available. Or visit the Kaufman Economic Development Corporation for relocation and expansion assistance information. You can also visit the Greater Dallas Chamber for detailed demographic information about employment and customer bases.

Residents

The Residents section is for making the most frequently requested information readily available to the public. If there is something you would like to see on the Resident page, please contact us and we will see if we can include it.

Welcome to Kaufman On The Internet. Look around. we think you will find that Kaufman has the comfort of an old shoe with the style of a debutante. Kaufman is an old city that is beginning to see the influx of new citizens from the metroplex. What we are trying to accomplish is to offer a warm welcome to newcomers with a promise to protect our small town atmosphere. You too may enjoy our quality schools, safe streets and easy access to all the amenities of Dallas. Take a tour and enjoy.

 
 
 
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Change in WATER RESTRICTIONS

The City Council has amended the water restrictions for in-ground sprinkling systems. North Texas Municipal Water District feels it is important to assure good flow through the entire water system by allowing more frequent use of in-ground sprinkler systmes.

The easing of restrictions will allow watering once a week. See details on this page.

NOTICE

TAX RATE FOR 2015

The City Council of the City of Kaufman is considering a tax rate increase of $.05 from the current rate of $0.652490 to the new rate of $0.702490. The purpose of this increase is to offset some of the cost for the new State Highway 34 realignment and the planned renovations for he Downtown Square. The OFFICIAL Notice Form 50-197 can be seen here.

 

TAX REVENUE INCREASE

The State of Texas also requires the City to notify its citizens of any increase in property taxes revenues. The official NOTICE OF TAX REVENUE INCREASE can be found here.