Financial Transparency

Frequently Asked Questions

Budget and Finance


How is the budget developed?

The budget is the allocation of resources to accomplish the City's goals for the fiscal year. The City's fiscal year (FY) begins October 1st and ends on September 30th. State law requires the City to adopt a balanced budget. This year, the City Manager has presented Dallas' first Biennial Budget, incorporating a Proposed budget for FY 2017-18 and a Planned Budget for FY 2018-19. Budget development is a year-round process and key dates for development include:

  • The Council sets strategies and objectives in October for the upcoming fiscal year
  • The initial outlook begins in January
  • By charter, the City Manager presents the budget to the Council no later than August 15th
  • The Council must adopt the budget and set a tax rate no later than September 30th

For addition information regarding the City budget and budget process, click on the links below:

What is the difference between the Total Operating budget and the Capital budget?

The operating budget is an annual allocation to provide for the delivery of day-to-day City services, operation and maintenance of the City's assets, such as wages and utilities. Any unspent budget at the end of the fiscal year does not "carry over" to the next year.

The capital budget is an annual allocation to provide for acquisition and/or construction of long-term assets including land and infrastructure improvements such as streets, drainage, and facilities. Capital improvements add to the value of the City's assets and the capital budget remains in effect until all of the funds are expended.

What is Dallas' total budget?

The City Council authorizes the total budget for each fiscal year. The following is the total budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017:

FY 2016-17 Adopted Budget

Total Operating Budget


Capital Budget


Total Budget


What is Dallas' total General Fund budget?

The General Fund is the City's main operating fund. The fund consists of many revenue sources, the majority from property and sales taxes. The General Fund provides for general government services such as: police, fire, streets, sanitation, code compliance, libraries, parks and city administration. The City Council authorizes the General Fund budget for each fiscal year. The following is the total General Fund budget for fiscal year 2016-2017:

FY 2016-17 Adopted Budget

General Fund



Tax Information

What are the current Dallas tax rates?

  • Property Tax Rate: $ 0.7825 per $100 assessed valuation
  • Sales Tax Rate: 8.25% (6.25% State, 1% City, 1% DART)
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax: 13% of the room rate (6% State, 7% City)
For further information pertaining to property taxes (click here) or contact the Office of Financial Services at:

1500 Marilla Street, Room 4FN
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 670-3659

How do I get information regarding Hotel Occupancy Tax information?

The Hotel Occupancy Tax is broken down as follows:


State of Texas (to be remitted to the State)



City of Dallas (to be remitted to the City)



TPID (to be remitted to the City)



Total (combined City and State taxes)


Hotel taxes for the City of Dallas are measured by the City Controller's Office. Every hotel is required to have a registration form on file with the City of Dallas. More information is available on the City Controller's webpage or by calling the Hotel Tax Auditor at (214) 670-4540.

What is the Tourism Public Improvement District tax?

The Tourism Public Improvement District (TPID) tax assessment is effective for hotel sleeping room nights sold beginning on August 1, 2012 and continuing through July 31, 2017. The TPID is authorized by the Provisions of the Public Improvement District Assessment Act, Chapter 372 of the Texas Local Government Code. Registration and reporting forms are available on the City Controller's webpage or by calling the Hotel Tax Auditor at (214) 671-8508.

Bond Information

How much General Obligation (G.O.) debt was outstanding at the end of fiscal year 2013?

As of September 30, 2013, $1,691,184,734 General Obligation debt was outstanding.

Where can I get information on the General Obligation (G.O.) Bond propositions?

In November 2006 the citizens of Dallas overwhelmingly approved a $1.35 billion Capital Bond program. Bonds for implementation of the 2006 program were issued beginning in May 2007.

For the latest 2006 Bond Program update, click the link below:

2006 Bond Program Report as of December 2013

In November 2012 a $600 million Capital Bond program was approved by citizen vote. For more information on proposed projects and an interactive map, click the link below:

2012 Bond Program Report as of December 2013

What is the per capita debt for the City of Dallas?

As of September 30, 2012, per G.O. per capita debt was $1,380 based on a population of 1,207,420. More information on the City's financial reports and bonds can be found in the CA​​FR.

When will construction on a specific project be completed?

Specific information on the construction status of bond projects is available from the following sources:

Department of Public Works
320 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Room 101
(214) 948-4239

Park and Recreation Department
1500 Marilla Street, Room 6FS
214) 670-4071

Other Information

How can I get a copy of the Comprehensive Financial Annual Report (CAFR) for the City of Dallas?

To view or print the CAFR, visit the Audited Financials page. For additional information contact the City Controller's Office at:

1500 Marilla Street, Room 2BS
Dallas TX 75201
Phone: (214) 670-3536

How many employees does the City of Dallas have?

As of August 8, 2017, there are 13,314 employees for the fiscal year 2016-17.

How often is the payment register updated?

The payment register is refreshed on a biweekly basis with transactions processed during the last seven days.

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