Canyon was incorporated in 1906, but its roots as a community date back to the mid- to late-1800s. The early pioneers of Canyon built a solid foundation for the city, which has withstood the test of time.
Today, Canyon boasts one of the lowest tax rates in the State, compared to other cities its size. The City Commission and City Staff maintain a 'pay as you go' philosophy, while staying ahead of infrastructure replacement needs. The City's unequivocal commitment to comprehensive and long-range planning results in dependability of services. Citizens can rely on the fact that when they wake up in the morning, the water will be flowing, the trash will be picked up, and they will be able to drive to and from work and school on safe, well-maintained streets.
The Canyon Police and Fire Departments remain unswerving in their commitment to public safety for Canyon residents. The Canyon Police Department is the only nationally accredited police department of its size in Texas. Canyon residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the State.
Despite the fact that the Canyon Fire Department is mostly volunteer, it has outpaced
many larger cities to become ranked the second-best fire department in Texas. Because of its exemplary service, Canyon has an insurance rating (ISO) of 3. This low rating translates into lower insurance rates for Canyon homeowners.
While committed to the future, Canyon is also loyal to preserving the past. The City was recognized as a 2002 Texas Main Street City. The Main Street program offers an approach to downtown revitalization that has been successful in more than 1,000 towns and cities throughout the country. With this designation, Canyon will continue to preserve the past while planning for the future. Resources have been dedicated toward restoring Canyon¹s celebrated brick streets, as well as enhancing the inherent qualities around the square and within the central business district.
Efficient Management Lower Costs
Average home value - $85,858
City taxes - $363.90 per year
Cost of City Services - $30.33 per month ($0.42/$100 Valuation)
Cost supports the following:
- 24-hour Police Protection
- Maintenance of all public streets
- (100+ miles of paved streets)
- Park and Recreational facilities
- Community Center
- Emergency and Disaster Management
- 24-hour Fire Protection
- Library facility and services
- books, video & audio tapes
- Animal Control
- Code Enforcement Services
- Main Street Program
How Canyon's City Cost Compares:
Cable TV service: $50.00 per month plus tax
One night at the movies for a family of four with soft drinks and popcorn: $42.75
* Source: Suddenlink Communications and Cinemark Movies 16.
Facts About City Services
Water Utilities provides 960,000,000 gallons of water each year to Canyon residents. The water production has a peak capacity of 6,794,955 gallons per day. Canyon¹s water comes from a well field near Umbarger and from the City of Amarillo.
Each year the Wastewater Treatment Plant treats approximately 438,000,000 gallons of wastewater. Treated wastewater, known as effluent, is used to irrigate crops at the City¹s land application site.
More than 8,600 tons of trash are collected each year in the City of Canyon. There are 1,369 dumpsters throughout the city.
Approximately 5,000 people attend events at the Cole Community Center each year.
Almost 59,300 books, videos and other materials are checked out through the Canyon Area Library each year.
Parks Maintenance crews spend about 4,500 hours annually to maintain athletic fields in the city. Approximately 7,500 people visit the city swimming pool each year.
More than 1,927 building inspections are conducted each year by the Code Enforcement Department.
The average response time by the Canyon Fire Department is four minutes. In an average year, the Department responds to more than 625 calls.
Approximately 450 pot holes are repaired annually by the Street Department. The Street Department maintains 100 miles of paved streets each year.
The Canyon Police Department responds to more than 3,915 calls annually.
Please visit the Canyon Economic Development Corporation for more information.