Upcoming City Budget Meetings

Next year’s City budget (Oct. 2009 – Sept. 2010) is going to require serious budget cuts. I have opposed a tax increase because too many residents and families are struggling right now. So we’re going to have to make some tough choice.

I want your input on next year’s budget, and would like you to get involved in the process as soon as possible.

Because of the dire state of next year’s budget, the city is holding early meetings to give a budget overview:

Tuesday, June 9
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Goodwill Industries
3020 N. Westmoreland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75212

Monday, June 22
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center
7900 Northaven Rd
Dallas, TX 75230

Thursday, June 25
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake
950 E. Lawther Dr.
Dallas, TX 75218

Take a look at the city’s budget presentation and the draft budget.

If there is a service that’s being cut that you would like to keep in the budget, please tell me how you propose to fund the service (is there something else you propose to cut?). I hope you will attend one of these meetings and let me know your thoughts.

Neighborhood leaders, please pass on this info to your neighborhood residents.

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Last Night’s Trinity Meeting

Last night, the North Texas Tollway Authority and Texas Dept. of Transportation held a “public hearing” on the location for the Trinity Toll Road. I put “public hearing” in quotes because (1) you can’t see me doing air quotes, which are obnoxious anyway, and (2) it was anything but a public hearing.

I won’t use the word “sham” because it’s loaded and a little heavy-handed. But here’s what happened: Continue reading

Trinity Toll Road Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 5

In recent months, several facts have come to light that suggest that Dallas should reconsider its decision to locate the Trinity Toll Road in our city’s floodway.

First, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that Dallas’ levees failed to meet their new, post-Katrina safety standards. The Corps also discovered sand in our levees, which presents a problem for toll road construction. Further, the Corps indicated concerns about allowing the toll road’s large concrete piers to pierce the levees, which could weaken them.

In addition, the North Texas Tollway Authority acknowledged that there is a billion dollar funding gap for the toll road. No additional funding sources have been identified. Continue reading

City Open House: Dallas City Hall wants to hear from YOU!

Thursday, November 16, 2006
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dallas Convention Center – Ballroom “C”

You’re invited to help chart the future of the City of Dallas. Please attend the open house for citizens and stakeholders to visit with city staff and help shape long-term goals and strategies for success. The format will be “open house,” with the program repeating every 20 minutes.

Map to Convention Center.
Free parking: Convention Center lot “C” located at Griffin & Lamar.
** Participants are encouraged to use DART**