Dallas City Council Unanimously Approves Budget For Next Fiscal Year

Austin York
September 18, 2019 - 4:29 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas City Council unanimously approved a budget for the next fiscal year.  
 
The new budget focuses largely on keeping and hiring new Dallas police officers. 
 
Police and fire budgets alone total about 58% of the general fund. Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, thanked council members for the additional public safety funding.
 
"When you increased that starting salary, we saw a 40% increase in the number of applicants to be officers from two years prior," Mata says. 
 
The council also decreased the city's property tax rate for the fourth year in a row. It falls from 77.67 cents per $100 of valuation to 77.66 cents.
 
The total budget for the next fiscal year is $4.04 billion.
 
City Manager T.C. Broadnax initially pushed a tax hike, which he says would have brought in another $4.5 million. 
 
The new budget begins Oct. 1.