Sandy Greyson Vows Not to Raise Taxes and Targets Quality of Life In Attempt to Take Back Far North Dallas City Council Seat

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Friends of Preston Ridge Trail
Sandy Greyson (right) with Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey
Back on February 11, former four-term city council member Sandy Greyson told us that she was "seriously considering" a run for her old District 12 seat now occupied by mayoral candidate Ron Natinsky. The self-described "night owl" e-mailed us shortly after midnight Monday morning to let us know she was headed to City Hall later that day to file her treasurer (former mayoral candidate and ex-Mayor Pro Tem Max Wells) after deciding "to go ahead and do it."

Greyson says the decision wasn't easy, but she felt compelled to return to public office in order to address her district's quality of life concerns and assist in yet another tough budget year with the city anticipating a shortfall of nearly $100 million.

"In tough times, experience counts," she tells Unfair Park.

Like many council candidates, Greyson says she won't support a tax hike to solve the problem. She hasn't looked closely enough at the budget to determine where to make cuts but says she would stop building new facilities because the city lacks funds to operate them. Last year's property tax rate increase restored massive cuts to street repairs and parks and recreation, but Greyson says she wouldn't have supported a tax hike then either.

"I would have swallowed the bitter pill because I feel as though in these hard times we really need to look at cutting things that we don't want to cut until the economy picks up and we can reinstate those things," she says.

Greyson says she'll focus on quality of life issues, claiming they contributed to the city's poor growth (less than 10,000 new residents) in the recent census.

"If we don't pick up the trash in the parks, we don't mow the grass and we don't mow the medians, our city starts looking shabby," she says. "I think that really impacts people's decisions about whether they want to live in Dallas or not."

Formerly the chair of the council's Transportation Committee, Greyson says she's "thrilled" that the construction on LBJ Freeway has begun and plans to "birddog" the process if elected. She's also an advocate for a street-car system downtown.

"We need to be able to get around downtown and be able to connect the different centers of activity downtown," she says.

Although her effort in 2007 as a debater for Vote Yes! to remove the Trinity River toll road from the city's levee system failed, she says she'll work to remove it from the Trinity River Corridor Project.

"I think we need to get that toll road from between the levees because, right away, perhaps other parts of that project could go forward," she says.

Greyson also says she wouldn't support the city funding the Margaret McDermott Bridge.

"I can find a lot of other uses for $90 million besides putting it into a second Calatrava bridge," she says.

Greyson says she plans to file her petitions Monday -- the deadline for candidates to submit signatures from registered Dallas voters in their district. She potentially faces Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member William Tsao and Donna Starnes, who have filed campaign treasurers but haven't filed their petitions either. Tsao is represented by The Reeds Public Relations Corp.

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Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

OMGShe has Channeled MAYOR MARIE Antoinette STRAUSS.

"I would have swallowed the bitter pill because I feel as though in these hard times we really need to look at cutting things that we don't want to cut until the economy picks up and we can reinstate those things," she says. The only thing she didn't do is "INVOKE" Deferred Maintenance.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

"She named one above- $90 million toward a second Calatrava bridge."

The second bridge is on a wish list. It's not in the budget. Currently it is not going to be built because there is not enough funding.

Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

Greyson is OK. But Donna Blumer is the real deal for those who want a fiscal conservative who is reliable against corrupt government spending on items such as the Trinity River toll road or the American Airline Center. She was consistent, which was better than Rosansky.

Too bad Donna is not running again.

sizzler
sizzler

seriously confused priorities

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

She doesn't support the tax hike for basic maintenance but then says the lack of basic maintenance is the reason the city isn't growing.

What does birddoging the LBJ project mean? It's a Rick Perry outsource project that is being controlled by a Spanish corporation with TXDOT oversight.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

So if she feels that there are quality of life problems in District 12.... is she also against Ron Natinsky as current councilman of District 12 and his bid for Mayor???

Ellum08
Ellum08

A tax hike for basic maintenance is not going to help when there is still so much waste at City Hall.

Until the Council holds Queen Mary's feet to the fire and makes her cut pet projects from the City budget, nothing is going to change. Believe me, if the city budget were truly scubbed of all things the City shouldn't be doing, there would be plenty of money for basic maintenance.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Kinda hard to pick up the trash and mow the grass if you're not willing to raise revenue to pay for it in the budget.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

Would you please list examples of the waste and pet projects with their annual expense? As I understand the world of Dallas, DPD-DF&R-Sanitation-Debt Service take up about 80% of the budget.I keep hearing about "the waste" in the city budget. I would really like to know where all the waste is that hasn't already been cut.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

It was a setup... to all of those that say Republicans are jumping on board with Natinsky and his so-called fiscally conservative platform. Clearly Sandy Grayson and Max Wells are not... Also, just bc your against raising taxes doesn't mean you are fiscally conservatie.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Sure, I'll try to name a few off the top of my head....

A favorite of the Dallas Observer, the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust fund. There is a whole Customer Service Initiative department (except for the 3-1-1 function) that could be eliminated. Several other departments, like Economic Development and Long Range Planning haven't lost any employees during the past couple of budget cuts and staff reductions. There are whole areas of the City Attorney's Office that do things that are not required per the City Charter or Development Code. Montemalone mentioned stop building new buildings, etc. Couldn't some of the bond money from past years be redirected to take care of existing issues?

I certainly don't want people to lose their jobs, but until the City gets back to real basics and focuses on them, expect more budget issues for years to come.

Montemalone
Montemalone

How about quit building brand new buildings instead of just rehabbing the old ones. Libraries and firehouses come to mind.

cp
cp

She named one above- $90 million toward a second Calatrava bridge.

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