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Dallas and Fort Worth officials are proposing hiking taxes while citizens continue to recover from 2020’s government-imposed economic restrictions and shutdowns. The Texas Legislature still has yet to deliver property tax relief.

Meanwhile, the Dallas City Council rerouted some proposed funding for police overtime. Recent history says more is spent on overtime than budgeted.

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Dallas Central Appraisal District data show the proposed property tax rate from city officials will hike the average Dallas homeowner’s tax bill by 4.5 percent, from $1,813 to $1,896. That is more than 72 percent higher than it was in 2013.

City officials also propose an 8 percent jump in spending from last year, from the $3.8 billion budgeted to $4.3 billion.

“If you think your tax rate should decrease, you should tell your councilmember,” Councilmember Cara Mendelsohn shared on Twitter. “The draft budget will be collecting a lot more $$ from you.”

“If you’re paying attention to the budget meetings, you will see the council members are asking for a lot of fluff. And they’re doing it because there’s a lot of federal money coming in from Covid,” a citizen replied. “But it’s gonna dry up quickly next year. So the cuts are going to be pretty harsh.”

Of particular concern is police funding. Last year, Councilmember Adam Bazaldua spearheaded the effort to “defund” the Dallas Police overtime budget by $7 million, causing an outcry from citizens. This year, a 10 percent increase for DPD—from $513 million to more than $567 million—is proposed.

Yet, Bazaldua made an amendment last week to move $3.4 million from the proposed DPD overtime budget, which a council majority approved. Two million dollars are to be used for more DPD vehicles, and $1.4 million is to be used for a “light and blight remediation initiative.”

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