Mary Suhm's Latest "Snapshot" of a Budget Needing to Lose At Least $60 Million

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Sam says it below, "The budget is easily the biggest issue." In the race for Dallas mayor, he means, which comes to its thrilling (?) conclusion, though probably not, beginning at 7 tonight, when we'll reconvene here for The World's Loneliest Watch Party. If he's right, if it all comes down to pocketbooks and promises of keeps and cuts, then feast your eyes: Late Friday night, City Hall posted the latest look at what's coming -- the first FY2011-12 budget update since January, and the first that hints at what City Manager Mary Suhm's having trouble funding and considering eliminating.

All numbers and suggestions are subject to change, of course; a more comprehensive presentation is due June 15, before council goes on summer vacation. But right now, without knowing what the state might keep or take and what the feds'll do, Suhm's guesstimating a $79.3 million gap between FY2011-12 revenues and expenses. Hence, the usual breakdown of items that should stay, others that really oughta get funded "should revenue become available" (some $59.3 million in services and staff), and another $20 mil in "lower priority" items last in line to be rescued, and, from the sound of it, already left for dead:
After reducing or eliminating bids/services determined to be Lower Priority Services, differential between revenues and expenditures is currently forecast to be ($59.3m). Combination of strategies is necessary to eliminate ($59.3m) forecasted differential.
What isn't funded that should be? Well: "Police recruitment, personnel, academy and in‐service training based on police officer hiring plan to be implemented in FY 2011-12." And: "43% of slurry seal and 28% of micro‐surfacing streets in order to maintain FY 2010‐11 level." And: "2 additional recreation centers would increase the number of centers open to 31 compared to 43 in the current year." And: "Park land maintenance would increase the amount funded to 82% of current funding level." Also: "Add compliance officer and contract for independent review of EMS billing." (Because.)

Here's a much more detailed breakdown, 109 pages I know you're dying to read on what's supposed to be a beautiful Saturday. See you at the Homegrown, right? After you vote, of course. Then tonight at around 7. BYOB, sorry.
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Jane Smith
Jane Smith

No problem.........they'll do what they did last year and raise taxes........no, no, no, sorry, they did not raise taxes they just raised the tax rate...........remember?!?!?! 

Ed D.
Ed D.

Did the S in TEXAS get stolen again?

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

It is a CONSTANT refrain--- after a gulling budget battle what does the city council ALWAYS DO?  Why go on a spending spree of course.   That is after they cut libraries and parks so that they can pursue their pet projects like suspension bridges.   I know where 10 million just recently went to—why to that 2nd suspension bridge (which we do not have money for) to see if that over budget Spanish architect can “cost it down.”    They (the city) just does not get it.  You could hit them between the eyes with a  4x4 and they would not blink.    There is a disconnect between the budget and day to day spending.   They need to be voted out of office! 

Alex Roderer
Alex Roderer

that bridge is awesome it would make this city look so much nicer  

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

The brutal truth is that the city is in a tight budget.   Last years tight budget required a un deserved tax increase so the city could continue on it’s spending spree.   The city has NO MONEY FOR FLUFF on this bridge but the city betters (despite budget shortfalls) have wasted money on further pursuit of it. Besides a friend of mine from Seattle asked “where is the water” to justify a suspension bridge.   We are a laughing stock (kind of like being on stage with your fly unzipped). This is like a child not eating their main meal and wanting only desert.   Spoiled rotten and out of control. 

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