Oh! & M: Got Some Bond and Budget Questions? Mary Suhm Has Some Answers.

Categories: City Hall
Photo by Mike Brooks
The city's expecting O&M on the Margaret Hunt Hill to run $233,000 next fiscal year.
One month ago, City Manager Mary Suhm warned the city council: It's early, very early, but it's looking like the city could be short anywhere from $49 million to $87 million when it comes to putting together the FY2012-13 budget. And one month before that, Suhm warned the city council: It's early, very early, but it's looking like the city can only afford a bond package worth $450 million to $550 million. And that's just for "absolutely critical stuff," she told the council. Like, say, flood protection. And street repairs. And economic development. Everything else, she said, would have to wait.

That brings us to this: Late Friday night, after the fireworks had fizzled over the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, the city dispatched to media its weekly stack of memos. This week's was thicker than usual, with 11 out of the 54 pages devoted entirely to bond- and budget-related questions posted by council in the last two months. Among the Q's: How much will we spend on striping the streets next year? What's the guesstimated impact of rising gas prices? How high's our debt service? A's provided below.

But for our purposes, let's focus on one subject that's always a point of contention amongst some Friends of Unfair Park: operating and maintenance costs associated with capital projects. Because, as many of you like to point out, the city builds and builds and builds, but often has trouble paying for the upkeep. Or turning on the fountains at Fair Park more than once every other special occasion.

There's a chart below outlining the O&M cost increases for FY2012-13 for everything from the set-to-bow-in-September City Performance Hall ($227,036) to the Elm Fork Soccer Complex ($345,750) to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge ($233,000) to the Woodall Rodgers Tunnel ($428,480) to the Main Street Garden dog park and fountain ($110,000). The O&M for parks, rec centers and cultural facilities alone is guesstimated to run $1.9 million; the grand total, $4.5 million. Mary Suhm's Bond and Budget Q&A for Dallas City Council
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Parisrec
Parisrec

public-private....they get the money, you get the bill..plus the city can't sell bonds because they already gave away the store....

LaceyB
LaceyB

How much would it cost to bring these fine gentlemen to Dallas (to open the city performance hall)? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

It does feature parks, rec, and would be a "cultural experience". My vote has been cast.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

How much of what is missing from the budget comes from the give always to get folks to build here ?

Ellum08
Ellum08

Good point, Townie....

If we put a little bit more of a muzzle on Economic Development giving away the farm all the time, perhaps there would a little more left over for everything else. Just a thought.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Bondage questions?  Oh . Wait .  never mind

Edward
Edward

I was just commenting to a friend this weekend about the sad state of the landscaping at the brand new Lochwood library. When it was new (a little more than a year ago) it had beautiful xeriscaping. Now it's just a mess outside, with bedraggled bushes and trash everywhere.

Too bad the higher ups in Dallas will apparently never realize that having a clean, well-run city is better than having a run-down collection of fancy buildings and bridges. 

Deity
Deity

Remember, they like to build monuments in their honor and image! 

Deity
Deity

Much more important than the peasants and their needs, wants and desires! 

NewsDog
NewsDog

No no no Edward you are wrong. World class cities always have fancy, flasy buildings and bridges that are infrastracture and maintenance free. 

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