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Where Is Dallas Making, Losing Money?

City Hall just posted the latest fiscal forecast for what remains of FY2009-'10, and, unexpectedly, it's cloudy with a chance of shitstorms. Right now, it looks like the sales tax falloff through April, at least, is $6.3 million less than originally budgeted -- if, that is, revenue rates stay the same. And the state ain't expecting receipts to rise in coming months. "Flat" is the f-word you're looking for. I think.

The whole doc's worth a look-see, of course, but here are a few highlights -- or the opposite -- from the revenue report, which begins on Page 2.

  • Municipal Court revenues are projected to be $2,664,000 below budget primarily due to a decrease in the number of citations issued.
  • Vehicle Towing and Storage revenues are projected to be $1,349,000 above budget primarily due to towing of vehicles lacking proof of auto insurance.
  • Parking Fines revenues are projected to be $741,000 below budget primarily due to the weak economy.
  • Red Light Camera Fines revenues are projected to be $608,000 below budget due to decrease citations.
  • Security Alarm revenues are projected to be $1,589,000 below budget primarily due to fewer than anticipated false alarm calls.
  • Vital Statistics revenues are projected to be $537,000 below budget due to a decrease in the number of requests for birth and death certificates.

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