Special to The Dallas Examiner
The Dallas City Council voted to adopt an approximately $4 billion FY 2020-21 budget during the Sept. 23 Council meeting. The budget was influenced by recommendations from residents, faith and education leaders, community activists, neighborhood groups, the City Council and other stakeholders.
More than 7,000 Dallas residents participated in budget town hall meetings throughout the month of August, and several hundred individuals gave feedback on the proposed budget at various City Council meetings since June.
The most heated topic was the call from several civic activists and organizations to defund the police. Caller after caller asked the council to make “brave” decisions, as they warned the mayor and Council members the decisions they make during the meeting would be remembered when they go to vote.
During the meeting, many, including the mayor, pointed out the concerns of the community and the callers. A
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