| News |

Dallas, It's Time for a Budget Brainstorm!

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Hard to believe -- we're only seven months away from our first look at next fiscal year's budget. Which is why, on Wednesday, the city council's holding a FY 2010-2011 budget workshop, during which City Manager Mary Suhm will provide the council with a win-some-lose-some revenue outlook that suggests further belt-tightening is on the horizon, as in: "Appraisal districts' staff forecasts as much as 10% value loss for commercial property and 1% value loss for residential property; resulting in overall value loss of approximately 6%." And raising Atmos franchise fees won't cover that potential $37 million shortfall.

So what other fee-raising ideas does the city have in mind? Glad you asked: In advance of Wednesday's meeting, the city manager has offered some FY2010-11 Budget: Brainstorming Ideas, which, she acknowledges, "have not been fully vetted," while "some of the ideas are more long-term in nature and might not yield positive budget impact until future years." Still, if and when sanitation fees are hiked and more parking meters start showing up and when you have to start paying for garage sale permits and there's a tax placed on plastic bags and bottles, well, don't say you weren't warned.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.