Dallas, Texas

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Dallas is a city in Dallas County, Texas. It is the ninth-largest city in the United States and the third-largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 1.3 million.[1] Dallas is the seat of Dallas County and the largest city in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area—the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population of approximately 6.5 million.[2]

Elected officials

City council

Name District
Delia Jasso District 1
Mayor Pro Tem, Pauline Medrano District 2
Scott Griggs District 3
Dwaine R. Caraway District 4
Vonciel Jones Hill District 5
Monica R. Alonzo District 6
Carolyn R. Davis District 7
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, Tennell Atkins District 8
Sheffie Kadane District 9
Jerry R. Allen District 10
Linda Koop District 11
Sandy Greyson District 12
Ann Margolin District 13
Angela Hunt District 14

Mayor

The current mayor of Dallas is Mike Rawlings.[3]

Budget

2011 expenditures[4]

FY2010
Current budget
FY2011
Adopted budget
Percent change
$2,527,774,595 $2,795,393,655 10.59%

Public pensions

After the state Attorney General’s office ruled against The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System finding that it must hand over to a requestor numerous records regarding a luxury real estate investment, the system filed suit against the AG in Travis County. he investment in question is with Knudson Development in Hawaii and two companies owned by the system, GP Western Housing and KLH IV. The request asked for names of people who had rented at one of the developments financed by the pension system, according to the lawsuit.[5]

Public records

The Dallas Morning News requested the check register for the past five years from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, but was told that the records would cost "somewhere in the seven figure range."[6]

Pools

Cost per swimmer for any of the Dallas public pools ranges from $30 a visit to $136.[7]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Texas government sector lobbying

Dallas spent $140,000 on lobbying in 2011.[8]

The city pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

Dallas also pays for services of the lobbying firm Alcade & Fay.[9]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was most recently evaluated on January 15 2012.

The good

  • Includes the names and contact information for all city council members and administrative officials.[3]
  • City council meeting agendas,videos, and minutes are published.[10]
  • Local tax information is provided.[11]
  • There is a procedure for requesting public records.[12]
  • Audit reports are available.[13]
  • The current and past budgets are published.[14]
  • Building permits and zoning information provided.[15][16]

The bad

  • There is no information on lobbying.
  • Information on how to obtain a contract is available,[17] but a list of contracts is not publicly available.

External links

References