Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dallas City Council Poised to Approve Tax Increase

Link to September 22 Dallas News report, "City Hall blog: Dallas council will vote today on budget that raises property tax rate".

Excerpt:  In a lengthy message to constituents and supporters, council member Angela Hunt said the city simply cannot afford further cuts.

"Our streets have become littered with potholes because we've cut the budget for street maintenance in half over the last ten years. Our parks budget has gone down by 38% and our libraries have been reduced 48% over the same period of time," she wrote.

In stinging commentary, she added that it is Leppert who has burdened taxpayers, through grand projects that add to the city's debt payments - an increasingly large piece of the city's annual costs

Related article:
Whodathunkit? Dallas City Council Votes to Increase Taxes. (9/14/2010)
Comerica makes donation to 2 branch libraries.  8/21/2010)
Another successful summer reading program, another round of budget cuts.  (8/15/2010)
City Manager's recommended budget includes lotsa library and park employee cuts.  (8/9/2010)
Attention library budget cutters:  These words still ring true.  (5/29/2010)
From 'sacred cow' to 'sacrificial lamb'.  (5/29/2010)
Axe is poised over library.  (5/24/2010)
Friends of Library board chairman speaks out.  (9/1/2009)
Dallas Public Library budget hacked (old-style).  (7/23/2009)

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