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Dallas City Bond Election, Proposition H- City Facilities

The proposition includes projects to conduct rehabilitation and major maintenance at City Hall and multiple city facilities. Also includes the expansion of the West Dallas Multipurpose Center. The majority of the bonds authorized for city hall and city facilities in 2006 have been issued. (For detail see www.dallasbond.com )Total projected cost: $18.157 Million
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Arguments

• City Hall needs a new roof, skylights and roof drains. In addition, water leaking into the garage needs to be stopped. The West Dallas Multipurpose Center expansion will provide space for a community court and also space to lease for additional services. Electrical upgrades and similar repairs are needed at a number of facilities.

• 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 attract and retain business.

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