Dallas residents can now give online input on the city’s upcoming proposed bond program.

In anticipation of a proposed $1 billion 2024 bond package, Dallas officials created an online survey for residents to give feedback on what they would like bond money to go toward.

The details

The survey asks residents how they would invest $1,000 in various areas, including:
  • Streets and transportation
  • Parks and trails
  • Flood and erosion control
  • Libraries
  • Housing
  • Public safety
  • Cultural arts
  • City facilities
  • Homeless assistance
  • Information technology
  • Economic development
The last time the city had a bond program was in 2017, when it passed a $1.05 billion bond that included 10 propositions on things such as Fair Park, flood protection and storm drainage, and homeless assistance facilities. So far, the city has allocated nearly $487 million from that bond package, according to its website.

What’s next

In addition to the online survey, Dallas officials are also in the process of hosting virtual open houses to learn about community needs. Upcoming dates include:
  • Aug. 17 at 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.
Feedback from the survey and open houses will be shared with the Dallas City Council and the Community Bond Task Force, which is made up of 15 council-appointed members. Recommendations based on that feedback will be shared in December with a bond election expected in May 2024.

Also of note

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax recently proposed a $4.63 billion budget for fiscal year 2023-24 with a general fund budget of $1.84 billion.

The new general fund budget will include an increase of about 8.1%, or $138 million, over FY 2022-23. The budget proposal includes eight key priorities:
  • Economic development
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Government performance and financial management
  • Housing and homelessness solutions
  • Public safety
  • Quality of life, arts and culture
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Workforce, education and equity
Broadnax is recommending the property tax rate be lowered from $0.7458 to $0.7393 per $100 valuation. Council is expected to vote on the budget in late September.

Cecilia Lenzen contributed to this report.