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Dallas City Bond Election, Proposition G- Public Safety Facilities

The proposition includes security enhancements to the Jack Evans Police Headquarters and 7 Police Substations, replacement of two Fire Stations, a new Fire Station and rehabilitation of multiple fire stations throughout the City. The new station will add $2.5 million cost annually to the operating budget. The previous authorization for public safety facilities improvements in 2006 has all been issued. (For detail see www.dallasbond.com )Total projected cost: $32.081 Million.
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Arguments

• The city owns 58 fire stations, 19 of which are over 50 years old and many of which have shortcomings such as limited parking and short apparatus approaches. The aging buildings need repairs to foundations and roofs. In addition, growth in the area of Jim Miller and Loop 12 necessitates a new station to provide adequate public safety response time for the neighborhood.

• The city’s bond rating agency reports that the city’s debt is manageable and some relief for the beleaguered police and fire pension fund was provided by the state legislature this spring, alleviating concerns about financial stability. The city will pledge to raise taxes sufficient to pay debt service but does not expect to need to increase property taxes for this authorization. Bonds will be issued over the next several years as needed. The portion of the tax rate used to pay off debt and the overall tax rate have declined slightly in recent years.
• The city of Dallas property tax rate is higher than that of most cities in Dallas County, and is significantly higher than that of Plano, somewhat higher than that of Arlington and slightly lower than that of Fort Worth. A relatively high tax rate means a city has to compete harder to attratc and retain business.

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