Where Dallas Is and Isn't Making Money, or: Oncor Had a Very Good Summer, AT&T Less So

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Red-light cams don't bring in the green.
This afternoon at 1, the city council's Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee will get together with a jam-packed agenda that will include an appearance by City Auditor Craig Kinton, who will outline his FY2012 to-do list. (Which includes a look-see at the city's ethics, as in: "Assess and evaluate the design and effectiveness of the City's ethics program and activities.") And in advance of that meeting, the city was also handed this FYI -- the latest snapshot at revenues and expenses provided by City Manager Mary Suhm, which stops keeping count at July 31 and says that general fund revenues are close to $3 million below budget while expenses are $4.5 below budget.

The reasons for both are myriad. Let's highlight some of 'em. On the plus side, Oncor revenues are way up, by some $3.58 million, due to "an increase in consumption as a result of abnormal weather." But AT&T franchise revenues are down by $1.6 million "due to customers witching to other providers and also switching to wireless service." And, yet again, red-light camera revenues are down by $1.09 million. The reason: "increased compliance and delays in adding and relocating cameras."

Other things to note: Library-fine collections are down, park revenues are up, private disposal revenues are way down (by close to $5.4 million), the city's getting collecting fewer false-alarm fees than anticipated, and there's been a decrease in the number of folks getting birth and death certificates. Also: There's been a delay in starting up night court, and while delays in hiring in Sustainable Development have cost the city close to $200,000, Suhm says that construction revenues are actually way above the guesstimated amount (by $4 million) due to "an increase in construction activity," which is good news.

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7 comments
Michael Briggs
Michael Briggs

They should increase the property taxes on mansions and eliminate all of the petty fines on the lower income people.

JS
JS

Oncor sucks. I never thought anyone could make Time Warner look good, but Oncor does. I hereby nominate Oncor as the worst company in Texas!

G_David
G_David

Well, no worries with the red light cameras not producing revenue.  Because it's all about safety, right? 

Yakuza_Fighter
Yakuza_Fighter

Why are they the worst company in Texas?   ATT surely has them beat.

Yakuza_Fighter
Yakuza_Fighter

I just got nabbed a second time, and while it sucks - I deserved it.  

A government can raise revenue in countless ways.  It makes sense to obtain disproportionately increased revenue from things which in general are detrimental to society as a whole: cigarettes, alcohol, and yes - running red lights instead of apples, jogging shoes, or washing machines.Economics is all about incentives.  One can avoid paying this by altering their behavior.  As someone who years ago had their car totaled by a guy who ran a red light, I would much rather pay the $75.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ha! 'Increased compliance' is good when it costs the city money (ie, to prosecute) and bad when it results in lost revenue (traffic violations). The city does not care about you.

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