Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas
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General information
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Mayor:Mike Rawlings
Last mayoral election:May 9, 2015
Next mayoral election:2019
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:June 13, 2015
City council seats:14
2014-2015 FY Budget:$2.8 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:1.2 million
Gender:50.0% Female
Race:White 50.7%
White Not-Hispanic 28.8%
African American 25.0%
Asian 2.9%
Native American 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More 2.6%
Ethnicity:Hispanic 42.4%
Median household income:$42,436
High school graduation rate:73.8%
College graduation rate:29.0%
Related Dallas offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Dallas is a city in Texas and the seat of Dallas County. It is the ninth-largest city in the United States and the third-largest city in the state of Texas, behind Houston and San Antonio. Dallas is the largest city in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area. As of 2013, its population was 1.2 million.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Dallas utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.

Because of its large population, Dallas' use of the council-manager system is unique. Most cities in the United States with populations over one million use a "strong mayor" system, in which the mayor - instead of a city manager - serves as the city's chief executive. Dallas came close to switching to a strong mayor system in the municipal elections of 2005, when a proposal made its way onto the ballot that would have simultaneously removed the office of the city manager and dramatically increased mayoral power and authority. Sixty-two percent of Dallas voters, however, disapproved of the proposal. As a result, the city retained its council-manger system.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. This is not an elected position. The city manager is appointed and approved by the city council. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3]


The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels.[4] Mike Rawlings is the current Mayor of Dallas.[5]

City Council

The Dallas City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]


The city council consists of fifteen members including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other fourteen members are elected by the city's fourteen districts.[6]

A full list of city council members can be found here


The Dallas City Council features features nine standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[7]

For a list of Dallas' committees and committee members, see here.



See also: Dallas, Texas municipal elections, 2015

The city of Dallas, Texas, held elections for mayor and city council on May 9, 2015. A runoff election will take place on June 13, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates who wished to run in this election was February 27, 2015. Early voting began on April 27, 2015.

All 14 city council seats were up for election. Nine incumbents ran for re-election, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, who faced two challengers in May. Five incumbents ran unopposed.[8][9]


The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from October 1 to September 31 of the next year. The budget process begins with preliminary revenue projects that are divided into Key Focus Areas (KFAs) as determined by the city council. Budget teams then rank service bids in accordance with the KFAs until the funds of each are depleted. The City Manager presents these rankings as a preliminary budget to the City Council, who hold public hearings to address the proposal. The City Management and Office of Financial Services uses City Council and public feedback to amend the budget. The City Council adopts the budget in September. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.[10]


The adopted budget for fiscal year 2014-15 totals $2.8 billion.[11]


The adopted budget for fiscal year 2013-14 totaled $2.8 billion. It included public safety, economic development, environmental management, park maintenance and educational enhancements.[12]

Contact information

Office of the City Manager
1500 Marilla Street
Room 4EN
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-670-3302

Office of the Mayor
1500 Marilla Street
Room 5EN
Dallas, TX 75201
Email: Contact Form


In 2013, Dallas's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $280,000.[13] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[14][15] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Dallas filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below. The city of Dallas maintains a searchable database of all registered lobbyists available on the City Hall website.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
8 Environment & Superfund
4 Urban Development

Ballot measures

See also: Dallas County, Texas ballot measures

The city of Dallas is in Dallas County. A list of ballot measures in Dallas County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 1,223,229.[16] Dallas is a charter city. Signature requirement is 10% of the qualified voters of the city as appears from the latest available county voter registration list. A committee of at least five registered voters of the city must make application to the city secretary and file an intention to circulate a petition, giving the date and the proposed ordinance to be circulated. The petition must comply in form, content, and procedure with the provisions of Dallas Charter Chap. IV, Section 12. Petitions must be filed with the city secretary 60 days from initial application. After certification, the council has 20 days to pass the ordinance or promptly call a special election.

DocumentIcon.jpg Dallas Charter, Chap. XVIII, Sec. 11 to 14; Chap. IV, Sec. 12

Issues in the city


On September 30, 2014, the first diagnosis of Ebola in the United States happened at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The individual diagnosed, Thomas Eric Duncan, who had recently traveled to Dallas from Liberia - where the disease had already killed over 2000 people since August - died on October 8, 2014.[17][18] Following Duncan's death, a Texas Health Presbyterian nurse named Nina Pham was diagnosed with Ebola. Pham, however, survived and was declared "Ebola-free" on October 24, 2014.[19]

As a precautionary measure, the city of Dallas placed over 100 healthcare workers and other individuals who had direct contact with Duncan and Pham under monitoring and self-quarantine. On October 20, 2014, the city announced that 51 individuals had completed the monitoring and quarantine process.[20] The remaining healthcare workers under quarantine in Dallas were cleared on November 7, 2014.[21][22]

Website evaluation

Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning
Audits Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes

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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.[23]
  • City council meeting agendas,videos, and minutes are published.[24]
  • Local tax information is provided.[25]
  • There is a procedure for requesting public records.[26]
  • Audit reports are available.[27]
  • The current and past budgets are published.[28]
  • Building permits and zoning information provided.[29][30]

The bad

  • There is no information on lobbying.
  • Information on how to obtain a contract is available,[31] but a list of contracts is not publicly available.

See also

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External links


  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 29, 2014
  2. Texas Monthly, "What's the Matter with Dallas?," July 2005
  3. City of Dallas, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 City of Dallas, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 29, 2014
  5. City of Dallas, "Office of the Mayor," accessed June 6, 2014
  6. City of Dallas, "Government," accessed on August 29, 2014
  7. City of Dallas, "Dallas City Council Committees, 2013-14," accessed on August 29, 2014
  8. City of Dallas, "Upcoming Elections," accessed September 19, 2014
  9. City of Dallas, "Notice of Deadline to File," accessed January 6, 2015
  10. City of Dallas, "Expenditure and Property Tax Overview," accessed June 6, 2014
  11. City of Dallas, "2014-15 Budget Overview," accessed on February 6, 2015
  12. City of Dallas, "2014-15 Budget Overview," accessed on February 6, 2015
  13. Open Secrets, "City of Dallas, TX," accessed June 6, 2014
  14. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  15. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  17. Center for Disease Control, "2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Outbreak Distribution Map," accessed on October 29, 2014
  18. Vox, "The first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the US has died," October 8, 2014
  19. KERA News, "Ebola In Dallas: A Timeline," October 24, 2014
  20. Dallas News, "Update: State says 51 people have now completed monitoring for Ebola," October 20, 2014
  21. Dallas news, "Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: ‘It’s important for us to continue to lift up our health care workers’," October 22, 2014
  22. Dallas News, "A relieved Dallas marks its final day of Ebola monitoring," November 7, 2014
  23. City of Dallas, "Government officials," accessed August 6, 2014
  24. City of Dallas, "Agendas," accessed August 6, 2014
  25. City of Dallas, "Paying Taxes," accessed August 6, 2014
  26. City of Dallas, "Open Records Request," accessed August 6, 2014
  27. City of Dallas, "Audits," accessed August 6, 2014
  28. City of Dallas, "Budget," accessed August 6, 2014
  29. City of Dallas, "Permit Forms," accessed August 6, 2014
  30. City of Dallas, "Zoning," accessed August 6, 2014
  31. City of Dallas, "Rules," accessed August 6, 2014 (dead link)