Mayor Eric Johnson praises new city budget that prioritizes public safety, historic tax relief

“No budget is perfect. But this is the best one I have seen in my time as mayor, and it is clear that our city government is moving in the right direction.”

  • An increase in the age-65 or older and disabled homestead exemption from $107,000 to $115,500.
  • A plan to hire 250 police officers during the upcoming fiscal year.
  • Market-based salary increases for police and firefighters and a retention bonus program.
  • A new night-detail unit to work in the city’s entertainment districts during peak hours.
  • Increases in training instructors and hiring for Dallas Fire-Rescue.
  • The purchases of an additional ambulance and a fire engine in addition to replacement vehicles.
  • $1.75 million to address the highest-priority Dallas Fire-Rescue facility repairs, which was added in an amendment proposed by the mayor.
  • A new $3 million master leasing program to rapidly rehouse people experiencing homelessness, which was added in an amendment proposed by the mayor.
  • A new $1 million capacity grant program for homelessness continuum-of-care organizations.
  • Additional Code Compliance officers to inspect multi-family properties and deal with illegal dumping.
  • A $157 million plan to maintain street infrastructure.
  • Full staffing support for the new Office of Inspector General, which will monitor, investigate, and prosecute ethics complaints and corruption cases.
  • An increase in the minimum wage for city employees to $18 an hour.
  • An expansion of hours of operation for libraries across the city.

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