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Dallas street bond, fee suggested

DALLAS — A second committee looking into the condition and maintenance options for Dallas’ residential streets has recommended the city request voters pass a 10-year, $10 million bond and a utility fee for street repair and upkeep.

The Residential Street Task Force submitted its final recommendation to the Dallas City Council on Jan. 19.

The group of citizens and business leaders began meeting in the fall of 2015 to review the effort to educate residents about the condition of residential streets in Dallas and a former committee’s recommendation of a three-step effort to improve street conditions.

The first step would be a $10 million, 10-year bond, followed by the passage of a utility fee and/or gas tax for upkeep.

The final step would be a second bond to repair the remaining streets.

City Manager Ron Foggin said the task force’s main objective was to figure out the best time to put the first bond before voters. After looking at three dates to put the issue on the ballot — May 2016, November 2016 or May 2017 — the group decided the city should act sooner rather than later, recommending May 2016.

The group also suggested the city put together an informational flyer for citizens and a presentation to show to stakeholder groups and civic organizations.

The Dallas City Council accepted the task force’s report, though it didn’t signal whether it would take action on the proposal, Foggin said. The council will have to approve a resolution to put the bond before voters.

Foggin said he was grateful for both the committee and the task force’s work.

“I can’t say enough about the work both street committees have done to make sure that, moving forward, we have a plan to take care of ours street,” he said.

The council will hold a public hearing on Feb. 15.

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