The Dallas City Council passed a new budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, as required by law. And though the economy is improving, the vote was not without controversy.
Fort Worth passed a $1.45 billion budget that closed a $40 million budget gap, reduced cuts to the fire department, keeps tax levels as they are and promises to continue maintenance on sports complexes, alleys and streets.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave her second State of the City Address Tuesday morning. During the speech she told more than 1,000 business and community leaders that she’s going to slash the budget so the city can finally operate without deficits.
The proposed City of Dallas budget still has a $25 million gap, but that’s better than the situation a few months ago and better than the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of shortfalls the city has dealt with in recent years.
For the first time in years, Plano’s budget director will report growth in income.
A poll of residents in Arlington generally find people with favorable opinions about core city services. Which is surprising when you consider Arlington has far fewer employees per citizen than any other major Texas cities.