Budget town hall meetings planned in Oak Cliff

City Councilman Scott Griggs has set town hall meetings on the proposed city budget.

The first one is at 6:30 p.m. today, Aug. 14 at the Park in the Woods Rec Center.

The others are in the next two weeks: Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Hampton-Illinois Library and Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center.

Here is a look, from Griggs, at the budget:

• No tax rate increase

• No sanitation rate increase

• Residential water rate increase of 3.9 percent

• Industrial water rate increase of 5.3 percent and commercial increase of 7.2 percent

• Add police officers and firefighters to maintain current levels

• Add $50,000 for Seniors Jobs Program

• Same pools and recreation centers will be open

• Library materials budget will increase by $1 million

• Increase AT&T Performing Arts Center funding to $2.5 million

• Historic and conservation districts will be 2/3 funded by general fund

• Add 57 employees in building inspection and 2-4 employees in planning

• Increase street maintenance and add $500,ooo for bike lanes

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