Some Voters Unhappy With Dallas Bond Package Distribution

Early voting currently underway; Election Day Nov. 7

Voters in the City of Dallas will decide on a $1 billion bond package on Election Day, Nov. 7. The bond package will fund street repairs, parks, libraries, city facilities and other city projects.

“To not do it, to vote against it, means that if you think, let’s just stay streets, for example, need fixing today, and we don’t vote to fix our streets today, and the next bond program is five, six, seven years away, that means the streets are only going to be worse. And by the time we decide to fix those streets it is going to cost even more money,” said Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway.

But Thursday, a group gathered at Glendale Park urging Dallas voters to say "No" to the program. They are frustrated that park is only slated to receive lighting and parking.

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Click on the image to see a larger version of the final distribution schedule from the 2017 bond proposal.

“We want to hold that up and let’s try to go back to the drawing board and get more things done in the Oak Cliff area,” said Douglas Grace.

Grace is frustrated watching improvements to other parks. Klyde Warren is slated to get almost $10 million while Fair Park is budgeted for $50 million. But those are known as city-wide assets, meaning they are regional destinations. Glendale park is a district park. (See which project is being allocated what amount).

We looked at the numbers. All of the districts are slated to get between $50 million and $70 million except for District 14. That district will get more than $95 million in the package, but it includes Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Click on the map above to see which district is receiving what amount of funds from the bond proposals as well as what each district says is their total need. No district is being supplied with enough funds to manage all of the identified areas of need.
Due to a GIS map issue, Lake Ray Hubbard erroneously appears as part of District 9. We regret the coding error.

“It is equitable and fair. I wish it was more. I wish the bond could have been $2 billion. Then we could have done more. Unfortunately, it is what it is and we have to deal with the dollars that we have allotted to us. At this particular time, we are excited,” said Caraway.

Early voting is currently underway; Election Day is Nov. 7. See what's on your ballot here.

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