Apr 15, 2024 - News

What's on the Dallas bond election ballot

A photo of street construction in Dallas

You could see more of this if a bond proposition passes. Photo: Kathy Tran/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dallas residents are getting political texts and phone calls urging them to vote for the city's $1.25 billion bond proposal in May, when turnout is typically low.

Why it matters: Dallas, like many Texas cities, relies on voter-approved bonds to fix aging infrastructure like roads.

Between the lines: Some council members had argued setting the May election felt rushed and holding the vote in November would get more people to the polls.

The big picture: Voters must approve all 10 propositions for the full $1.25 billion in bond money to be distributed.

  • Nearly half of the money — $516.5 million in Proposition A — would fund repairs to streets, sidewalks, bikeways and other transportation projects.
  • The rest — spread across nine other propositions — would create new parks, build a new police training academy, develop affordable housing, fix city libraries and update aging arts facilities.

How it works: City leaders plan to issue bonds in time for construction to begin on some projects in the 2024-25 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

  • The total allocation for each proposition was finalized in February, but specific projects and their costs may change.

Between the lines: Dallas residents are likely to see street resurfacing first. Other proposals, such as building affordable housing, will take longer to buy land, design plans and then begin construction.

Propositions: Proposition B — $343.5 million for parks and recreation.

  • Proposition C — $52.1 million for expanding flood protection.
  • Proposition D — $43.5 million for city libraries.
  • Proposition E — $75.2 million for performing arts.
  • Proposition F — $95 million for public safety, includes $50 million for a new police training academy at UNT-Dallas.
  • Proposition G — $73.8 million for economic development, includes $36.6 million to support housing projects.
  • Proposition H — $26.4 million for affordable housing projects.
  • Proposition I — $19 million for homelessness, includes $6.7 for permanent supportive housing.
  • Proposition J — $5 million for IT facilities.

What's next: Early voting begins April 22. Election day is May 4.

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