How should Dallas spend $600 million in future bond funds?

Photo by Danny Fulgencio
Photo by Danny Fulgencio

If voters approve it next May, the city could acquire $600-$800 million in general obligation bonds to spend on infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks, libraries and parks.

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Several town hall meetings are coming up to hear how neighbors think those borrowed millions should be spent.

Oct. 11, Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, Councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12, Hampton-Illinois Library, councilmen Scott Griggs and Casey Thomas, 6 p.m.
Oct. 15, Kiest Recreation Center, Arnold, 10 a.m.
Oct. 18, Hitt Auditorium at Methodist, Griggs, 6 p.m.

City Council has developed a preliminary inventory of projects that could be included in the bond program. In our neighborhood, there are nearly 690 proposals, including:

$6.8 million to replace fire station No. 52,
$6.3 million to replace the North Oak Cliff Library,
$2.5 million for erosion control along Coombs Creek from Hampton to Davis,
$500,000 to install streetlights in the Elmwood commercial district
and $23,000 to build sidewalks on Irwindell at Coombs Creek Boulevard.

Use this how-to and search or peruse the city’s list of desires.

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  • I think the streetlights in Elmwood are critical. Nothing will thrive in that business district until people can walk safely from one end to the other. I’m a huge supporter of the new library as well.

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