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. Starting in FY 2017-18, the City Manager began presenting biennial budgets. 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 additional information regarding the City of Dallas budget and budget process, please refer to the Current Budget tab in the side bar.

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 2018-2019:

FY 2018-19 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 2018-2019:

FY 2018-19 Adopted Budget

General Fund



Tax Information

What are the current Dallas tax rates?

  • Property Tax Rate: $ 0.7767 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 more information about property taxes, please visit the Office of Budget Property Tax website or contact the Office of Budget 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 a 2 percent room tax charged to hotel properties in Dallas with more than 100 rooms. Renewed for a 13 year term in August 2016, the TPID will generate funds to promote Dallas as a premier convention and tourism destination. 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 2018?

As of September 30, 2018, $1,822,867,437 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.

In November 2012, a $600 million Capital Bond program was approved by citizen vote.

In November 2017, a $1.05 billion Capital Bond program was approved by citizen vote. For more information on proposed projects and an interactive map, click the link below:

2017 Bond Program

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

As of September 30, 2018, G.O. per capita debt was $1,360 based on a population of 1.34 million. More information on the City's financial reports and bonds can be found in the CA​​FR.

When were the bond programs passed, and what were the total dollar amounts?

Program/Propositions Amount Authorized
1985 – 11 Propositions$428,060,000
1989 – 2 Propositions$60,700,000
1995 – 8 Propositions$174,700,000
1998 – 11 Propositions$543,500,000
2003 – 17 Propositions$579,290,000
2005 – 1 Proposition$23,800,000
2006 – 12 Propositions$1,353,520,000
2012 – 3 Propositions$642,000,000
2017 – 10 Propositions$1,050,000,000

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 September 30, 2018, there are 12,518 employees.

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