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Dallas Street hearing slated

DALLAS — The Dallas City Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the proposal to ask voters for a 10-year, $10 million bond to pay for residential street repair.

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What: Residential street funding public hearing.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, during the Dallas City Council meeting.

Where: City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas.

Of note: The council will be taking comments from residents about the proposal to put a 10-year, $10 million bond on the ballot to pay for residential street repair.

The proposal would have the issue before voters in May 2016 and is backed by two citizens’ committees that studied the condition and funding options for residential streets.

The majority of funding for streets — including street maintenance, sidewalks, street lights and other operations costs — comes from state and federal gas tax revenue. In the 2015-16 budget, that amounted to about $1,050,000, $270,000 of which is allocated to street and sidewalk repairs.

In recent years, the funding allocated to streets has been dedicated to those in town with the highest use, collector and arterial streets.

The other approximately $700,000 covers operations — personnel, materials, and services, said City Manager Ron Foggin at the council’s Feb. 1 meeting.

Questions about the bond election timing and other alternatives — such as a utility fee or revenue bond — were also discussed at the meeting.

Tuesday’s hearing will provide citizens a chance to comment on the plan.

“There will be plenty of opportunity for folks to come and talk about it, one way or the other,” Mayor Brian Dalton said. “We welcome that.”

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