^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4

Some Light Weekend Reading: City Manager Manager's Proposed FY 2010-11 Budget

Moments ago, the city posted to its website the proposed budget City Manager Mary Suhm will discuss with the council at 9 a.m. Monday. It's not a detailed breakdown by any stretch, but a terse, bullet-pointed 53-page summation of what we've known for months was coming -- from the 450 "civilian layoffs" at City Hall that came down today to the deep cuts throughout the Dallas Public Library system, Park and Recreation Department and Office of Cultural Affairs to the significant reductions in traffic operations and street maintenance. And city employees will now be asked to take eight furlough days -- five date-specific, three floating.

For the second year in a row, your trash bill will come down -- from $20.34 to $20.25 -- but your water bill will go up 3.1 percent. And there will be new fees added and increases to existing ones: "multi-family registration, garage sale, coin-operated amusement machine, certificate of occupancy validation fees," per Page 12. There remain on the table as well other revenue-generating options, including the Transportation User Fee.

Suhm does not propose a tax hike. But she does tell the council what will need to be done should it choose to go in that direction.

Oh. And speaking of new fees, I see the Transportation and Environment Committee will yet again take up community gardens on Tuesday. They're up to their sixth proposal now. This one says it will cost $215 for a permit to plant. Only, you can't sell what you grow. That seems fair.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

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

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.