Dallas council to talk water, parks and streets at budget briefing

This morning, the Dallas City Council convenes for its latest briefing on next year’s budget.

The hot topics on tap include community swimming pools, a perennial political hot potato beloved by some council members even though, in a number of cases, the pools are extremely costly to operate relative to the amount of use they get.

Parks director Paul Dyer is expected to brief the council on a plan to transform old city pools into modern “aquatic centers” that tend to get much more use than the old fashioned swimming holes.

Look for that to get blow back from some on council, particularly council member Dwaine Caraway, who has promised that no pool shall close on his watch.

Also up for discussion is street maintenance, something that many residents say Dallas has let slip too far.

First up, the city’s water utilities will be discussed. As we’ve reported, the water rate is expected to go up yet again this year and in years to come to fund critical infrastructure improvements.

–Rudolph Bush / Reporter

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