Municipal Archives


​Resources for Researching Bond Elections in Dallas,
1872-2006

​Pathfinder Number 5

The Citizens of Dallas by election authorize the City Council to issue debt to finance capital construction projects. Usually these are large projects with a useful life of at least twenty years or extend to the life of the bonds. The debt is issued in the form of bonds which are governed by specific laws. Citizens vote to accept a bond package listing specific projects with requested funds.

June 6, 1872 Bond Election held to issue $100,000 in bonds for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Passed (Canvass Report volume 1, p. 93)

Index not available to minutes from 1875 to 1882

1882-1899 There is evidence that bonds were sold, but specific references to bond elections could not be found.  Projects included Waterworks, Water Supply, East Dallas City Public School Building, East Dallas Street Construction, Funding Bonds, Street Improvement, Sewer Improvement, Crematory, City of Oak Cliff Waterworks.  Bond Certificates are available in Collection 1991-111: Municipal Bond Certificates.

January 1, 1902 Bond Election held to vote for waterworks improvements, amount unknown, mentioned in Minute Book Volume 27, p.397.  Unclear whether this issue passed or if election was held, canvass not found. 

August 26, 1902 Bond Election held to vote on three (3) capital improvement propositions, totaling $175,000.00.  Minute Book Volume 28, p. 175-76.  Passed (Canvass Report Minute Book Volume 28, p. 175-176)
  • Waterworks
  • Police & Fire Stations
  • Street Paving and Improvements
February 29, 1904 Bond Election held to vote on $30,000.00 in Gold Coin to be spent on Public Schools. Ordinance Book Volume 12, p. 201. Passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 29, p. 523)

November 14, 1905 Bond Election held to vote on five (5) capital improvement propositions, totaling $328,280.00. Ordinance Book Volume 12, p. 445. Mixed Results (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 31, p. 340)
  • Water Supply - failed
  • High School Building - passed
  • School Buildings - passed
  • Street Improvements - passed
  • City Jail – passed

Minute books renumbered beginning with Volume 1 in 1907

April 7, 1908 Bond Election held to vote on a $25,000.00 for a reformatory or industrial or truant school for refractory or unprotected boys and girls. Ordinance Book Volume 13, p. 537.  Passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 2, p. 152)

April 6, 1909 Bond Election held to vote on two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $700,000.00.  Ordinance Book Volume 14, p. 203.  Both propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 3, p. 261)
  • Improve water supply by constructing a reservoir dam and pump station with connecting mains.
  • Construct Grade School Buildings
April 5, 1910 Bond Election held to vote on seven (6) capital improvement propositions, totaling $1,300,000.00.  Ordinance Book Volume 14, p. 533-535.  All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 4, p. 459)
  • Sanitary Sewers
  • Public Schools
  • City Hospital
  • Street Improvements
  • Water Works
  • Divert sewage from discharging into the Trinity River
April 4, 1911 Bond Election held to vote on $250,000 for public school buildings. Ordinance Book Volume 15, p. 416-417. Passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 6, p. 35)

April 2, 1912 Bond Election held to vote on six (5) capital improvement propositions, totaling $1,300,000.00. Ordinance Book Volume 16, p. 464-465. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 7, p. 96)
  • Sanitary Sewers
  • Public Schools
  • City Hall (2014 Main)
  • Water Works
  • Fire stations​
April 1, 1913 Bond Election held to vote on three (3) capital improvement propositions, totaling $1,150,000.00. Ordinance Book Volume 17, p. 237. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 8, p. 189-90)
  • Schools
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Municipal Electric Lighting Plant
April 7, 1914 Bond Election held to vote on two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling 650,000.00. Ordinance Book Volume 18, p. 85. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 9, p. 230)
  • Sanitary Sewers
  • Public Schools
April 4, 1916 Bond Election held to vote on four (4) capital improvement propositions, totaling $1,050,000.00. Ordinance 138. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 11, p. 502)
  • Repeal lighting bonds passed April 1913
  • Park lands acquisition
  • Storm Sewers
  • Municipal Electric Lighting Plant 
April 3, 1917 Bond Election held to vote for capital improvement bonds totaling $500,000 for public schools. Ordinance Book Volume 21, p. 32. Passed. (Canvass Report: Minute Book v. 13, p. 321)

April 1, 1919 Bond Election held to vote for three (3) capital improvement propositions, totaling $2,300,000.00. Ordinance 439. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 15, p. 550)
  • Parks and Playgrounds
  • Street Improvements
  • Public Schools
April 6, 1920 Bond Election held to vote for five (5) capital improvement propositions, totaling $2,700,000.00. Ordinance 517. All propositions passed (CanvasReport: Minute Book Volume 16, p. 585)
  • Public Schools
  • Hospital Building
  • Municipal Abattoir or slaughter house
  • Water Works
  • Sanitary Sewers
April 5, 1921 Bond Election held to vote for two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $650,000.00. Ordinance 609. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 18, p. 77)
  • Water filtration plant for White Rock Reservoir
  • Incinerators
September 17, 1921 Bond Election held to vote for $1,250,000.00 bonds for street improvements. Ordinance 682. Passed. (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 18, p. 532) 

April 4, 1922 Bond Election held to vote for two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $650,000.00. Ordinance 763. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 19, p. 289-90)
  • Public Schools
  • Sanitary Sewers
April 3, 1923 Bond Election held to vote for seven (7) capital improvement propositions, totaling $8,325,000.00. Ordinance 924. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 20 p. 136)
  • Public Schools
  • Water Works
  • Streets
  • Sewage Disposal Plant
  • Sanitary Sewers
  • Fire Stations
  • Parks and Playgrounds
April 7, 1925 Bond Election held to vote for six (6) capital improvement propositions, totaling $3,000,000.00. Ordinance 1306. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 24 p. 136)
  • Public Schools
  • Sanitary Sewers
  • Street improvements
  • Storm Sewers
  • Incinerators
  • Parks and Playgrounds
December 15, 1927 Bond Election held to vote for fourteen (14) capital improvement propositions, totaling $23,900,000.00 Ordinance 1776.  All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 28, p. 665) 
  • Public Schools
  • Parks
  • Building lines, street openings, etc.
  • Sewage Plant and Sanitary Sewer
  • Storm Sewer
  • Street Paving
  • Central Fire Station
  • Incinerator
  • Library
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • Public Auditorium
  • Hospital Enlargements
  • Water Works
  • Airport Improvements
April 7, 1931 Bond Election held to vote for $300,000.00 bonds for establishing, owning and operating a municipal airport. Ordinance 2291. Passed. (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 36, p. 366)

October 30, 1934 Bond Election held to vote for $3,000,000.00 bonds for Parks. Ordinance 2671. Passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 42, p. 438)

April 6, 1937 Bond Election held to vote for $2,350,000.00 bonds for Public Schools. Ordinance 2858. Passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 46, p. 261)

April 5, 1938 Bond Election held to vote for two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling 1,300,000.00. Ordinance 2948. Both propositions passed. (Canvass Report: Minute Book 48, p. 67)
  • Storm Sewers
  • Enlargement of the airport
October 15, 1940 Bond Election held to vote for two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $750,000.00.  Ordinance 3153.  Both propositions passed. (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 52, p. 280.
  • Airport Improvement
  • Airport Improvement Revenue Bonds
June 28, 1941 Bond Election held to vote on two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $650,000.00.  Ordinance 3231.  Both propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 41-553)
  • Public Market 
  • Public Schools
April 6, 1943 Bond Election held to vote to expend unexpended funds from December 15, 1927 bond election, totaling $52,387.65. Ordinance 3406. Passed. (Canvass  Report: File Number 43-380)

December 28, 1943 Bond Election held to vote on five (5) capital improvement propositions, totaling $15,000,000.00. Ordinance 3473. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 43-1730)
  • Airports
  • Storm Sewers
  • Building lines, street openings, underpasses, overhead crossings
  • Water Works and Pump stations
  • Street Openings
December 8, 1945 Bond Election held to vote on seventeen (17) capital improvement propositions, totaling $40,000,000.00. Ordinance 3722. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: File Number 45-2988)
  • Public Schools
  • Public Auditorium
  • Public Market
  • Fire Stations
  • Enlarge the Public Library
  • Storm Sewer
  • Municipal Airport improvements
  • Agricultural Livestock building
  • Street Openings, underpasses, overhead crossings
  • Street Paving
  • Water Works
  • Sanitary Sewers
  • City Hall construction
  • Parks
  • Street Lights
  • Municipal Garage
  • Remodel existing City Hall
December 2, 1947 Bond Election held to vote on two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $11,000,000.00. Ordinance 4161. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 69, p. 170)
  • Water Works
  • Sanitary Sewers
November 20 1948 Bond Election held to vote on five (5) capital improvement propositions, totaling $22,400,000.00. Ordinance 4364. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: File Number 48-3918)
  • Street Paving
  • Street Widening and Opening
  • Storm Sewers
  • Sanitary Sewers
  • Water purification plant, pumping stations and water mains
June 20, 1950 Bond Election held to vote on six (6) capital improvement propositions, totaling $14,800,000.00. Ordinance 4789. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: File Number 50-2533)
  • Street Opening and Widening
  • Storm Sewer Construction
  • Municipal Garage
  • Sanitary Sewers and Sewage Disposal
  • Waterworks Improvement, Pumping Facilities, Purification Plant and Distribution Mains
  • Revenue Bonds
January 29, 1952 Bond Election held to vote on seven (7) capital improvement propositions, totaling $19,185,000.00. Ordinance 5355. All propositions failed. (Canvass Report: File Number 52-420)
  • Street Improvements and Paving
  • Street Opening and Widening
  • Storm Sewers
  • Traffic Signal System
  • Municipal Garage and Maintenance Yards
  • Sanitary Sewers and Sewage Disposal Plant
  • Waterworks Improvement, Pumping Facilities, Purification Plant and Distribution Mains
May 1, 1952 Special Election held for a variety of issues including Charter Amendment establishing a Bond Limit, not to exceed $125,000,000.00. Ordinance 5429.
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May 1, 1952 (continued) Bond Election held in conjunction with the above Special Election to vote on ten (10) Capital Improvement Propositions, totaling $49,985,000.00. Ordinance 5433. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report File Number: 52-1621)
  • Public Street Improvements and Paving
  • Street Widening and Opening
  • Storm Sewer Construction
  • Traffic Signal System
  • Municipal Garage and Maintenance Yards
  • Sanitary Sewers and Disposal Plant
  • Waterworks Improvement, Pumping Facilities, Purification Plant and Distribution Mains
  • Improvements to municipal airports and landing fields
  • Enlargement of the Library and a New Library building
  • Health Administration Building
January 27, 1953 Bond Election held to vote on the issuance of $12,500,000.00 bonds to enlarge and improve municipal airports and landing fields and public buildings used in connection therewith. Ordinance 5663. Passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 53-202)

January 31, 1956 Bond Election held to vote on six (6) capital improvement propositions and a contract with the Sabine River Authority. The bond issuance total is $41,000,000.00. Ordinance 6804. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 56-516)
  • Permanent park improvements
  • Fire station construction
  • Storm Sewers and bridges
  • Permanent street improvements
  • Waterworks improvements including purification plants and distribution system
  • Extension and enlargement of the sanitary sewer system
  • Contract with the Sabine River Authority
December 2, 1958 Bond Election held to vote on seven (7) capital improvement propositions, totaling $51,800,000.00. Ordinance 7833. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 58-5246) 
  • Permanent street improvements
  • Storm Sewers and bridges
  • Park improvements
  • Library improvements
  • Fire station construction
  • Extension and enlargement of the sanitary sewer system
  • Waterworks improvements including purification plants and distribution system
January 23, 1962 Bond Election held to vote on seven (7) capital improvement propositions, totaling $50,700,000.00. Ordinance 9092. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 62-336)
  • Street improvements
  • Storm Sewers and bridges
  • Park improvements
  • Library improvements
  • Fire station construction
  • Extension and enlargement of the sanitary sewer system
  • Waterworks improvements including purification plants and distribution system
April 7, 1964 Bond Election held to vote on seven (7) capital improvement propositions, totaling $52,500,000.00. Ordinance 10,232. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: Minute Book Volume 150, p. 504-511)
  • Street improvements
  • Storm Sewers and bridges
  • Park improvements
  • Central municipal facilities
  • Fire stations
  • Sanitary sewer system
  • Waterworks 
December 21, 1965 Bond Election held to vote on two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $6,000,000.00. Also includes tax levy. Ordinance 11285. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 65-6716)
  • Permanent airport improvements
  • Permanent Public Transit improvements
August 8, 1967 Bond Election held to vote on fourteen (14) capital improvement propositions, totaling $173,000,000.00. Ordinance 11877. All propositions passed (Canvass Report: File Number 67-3684)
  • Fire station improvements
  • Libraries
  • Public Parks
  • Street improvements
  • Storm Sewer System improvements
  • Combined Municipal Services Building (New City Hall)
  • Land acquisition for Combined Municipal Services Building (New City Hall)
  • Improvements for City's Memorial Auditorium (Convention Center)
  • Fair Park improvements and enlargement
  • Facilities for the City's Neighborhood Development of People and Property Program
  • Street and Alley improvements for the City's Neighborhood Development of People and Property Program
  • New Regional Airport construction and development (DFW Airport)
  • Waterworks improvement
  • Sanitary Sewer System improvement
February 25, 1969 Dallas City Council passed resolution 69-884 endorsing the Dallas County Road Bond Program

November 24, 1970 Resolution 70-4377 calls for City Manager and City Attorney to provide instruments to call a special bond election for 11/24/70 to complete City Hall.

Resolution 70-4466 authorizes ballot for an election with two propositions: (no amounts given)
  • Complete new City Hall including Fire-Police Communications Center and Civil Defense Center
  • Finance three buildings for Crossroads Community Center in South Dallas.
Resolution 70-4468 - Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce supports the need for an election to compete City Hall.
Motions, File Number 70-4650
  • ​Motion from Mayor Pro-Tem McKinney indicating that $5,000,000.00 to $7,000,000.00 would not complete the City Hall project, and that bids be rejected. 
  • Councilman Allen offered a substitute motion that the Bond Election be held anyway. 
  • Motion 1 - passed
  • Motion 2 - failed
There is no evidence in the City Council Minutes that an election was held on 11/24/70.

June 27, 1972 Bond Election held to vote for fourteen (14) capital improvement propositions, totaling $172,000,000.00. Ordinance 13665. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 72-2237)
  • Fire Fighting Facilities
  • Library Facilities
  • Park Facilities
  • Street Construction and Improvement
  • Flood Control and Storm Drainage

6A. Police Facilities 

6B. Public Works Service Centers

6C. Transportation Terminal Facilities

6D. City Equipment Storage, Use and Service Facilities

7A. Street and Alley Improvements in connection with the City's Neighborhood Development of People and Property Program

7B. Child Care Center in connection with the City's Neighborhood Development of People and Property Program
  • City Transit System Facilities
  • Waterworks Improvements and Extension
  • Sanitary Sewer Improvements
December 9, 1975 Bond Election held to vote on twelve (12) capital improvement propositions, totaling $149,494,000.00. Ordinance 15044. All propositions passed. (Canvass  Report: File Number 75-3605)
  • Fire protection facilities
  • Library facilities
  • Expansion of the municipal produce market facilities
  • Drainage and flood protection facilities
  • Improvement of streets and related pedestrian and parking facilities
  • Traffic and transportation system improvements
  • Police and Multiple service facilities
  • Animal Control Center
  • Solid Waste Disposal Facilities
  • Park and Recreation Facilities
  • Extending waterworks system
  • Improving and extending sanitary sewer system
June 10, 1978 Bond Election was held to vote on seventeen (17) capital improvement propositions, totaling $285,173,000. Ordinance 15828. Mixed Results as indicated below: (Canvass Report: File Number 78-1614)
  • Fire Protection Facilities - passed
  • Library Facilities - passed
  • Park and Recreation Facilities - passed
  • Trinity River Greenbelt improvements, including construction for Town Lake - failed
  • Public Cultural Facilities - failed
  • Street System constructions and improvements- passed
  • Downtown pedestrian way, truck terminals and parking facilities - passed
  • Transit way for North Central Expressway travel corridor from Central Business District to Forest Lane and Coit Road - passed
  • Improvements to Fair Park Boulevard/Transit way - passed
  • Dallas Flood way Levee – failed
  • Flood protection and drainage facilities – passed
  • Police and multiple service facilities – passed
  • Criminal Justice Facility - passed
  • Convention Center Expansion - failed
  • Municipal Produce Market improvement - passed
  • Solid Waste Disposal - passed
  • Waterworks System improvements - passed
November 6, 1979 Bond Election held to vote on seven (7) capital improvement propositions, totaling $54,622,000.00.  Ordinance 16342.  All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 79-3281)
  • Street and Strom Drainage Facilities
  • North Central Expressway Improvements
  • Pedestrian ways and Truck Terminals
  • Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Facility and renovation of the existing at Fair Park Museum facilities.
  • Concert Hall construction
  • Majestic Theater renovation
  • Convention Center Expansion
August 3, 1982 Bond Election held to vote on 11 capital improvement propositions totaling $247,070,000.00. This was the first election in Dallas County to use the 'punch-card' voting equipment. Ordinance 17448. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number)
  • Fire Protection Facilities
  • Flood Protection and Strom Drainage
  • Police and Multiple Service Facilities
  • Arts District Concert Hall
  • Library Facilities
  • Park & Recreation Improvements
  • Dallas Transit System Facilities
  • Fair Park Improvements
  • Dallas Zoo Improvements
  • Farmers Market Improvements
  • Street and Thoroughfare Improvements
November 5, 1985 Bond Election held to vote on 11 capital improvement propositions totaling $428,060,000.00. Also included Proposition 911. All propositions passed. Ordinance 18855. (Canvass Report: File Number 85-1135)
  • Fire Protection Facilities 
  • Street and Traffic Control Improvements 
  • Fair Park Improvements 
  • Police and Multiple Services Facilities
  • Arts District Site Acquisition
  • Solid Waste Disposal Facilities
  • Flood Protection and Storm Drainage
  • Zoo Improvements
  • Library Facilities
  • Park, Recreation and Community Facilities
  • Trinity Park Development
  • Called Proposition 911
June 25, 1988 Bond Election held for DART

November 7, 1989 Bond Election held for two (2) capital improvement propositions, totaling $60,700,000.00. Ordinance 20453. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 89-3637)
  • Central Expressway Construction and outfall drainage
  • Flood protection levee and channel improvements
May 6, 1995 Bond Election held to vote on eight (8) capital improvement propositions, totaling $174,700,000.00. Ordinance 22349. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number: 95-1734)
  • Street and Thoroughfare
  • Police Headquarters
  • Storm Drainage Improvements
  • Major Park, Recreational and Community Facilities
  • Neighborhood Park, Playground and Recreational Facilities
  • City Facilities Repair and Improvements
  • Fire Protection Facilities
  • White Rock Lake Improvements
May 2, 1998 Bond Election held to vote on eleven (11) capital improvement propositions, totaling $543,500,000.00. Ordinance 23455. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 98-1355)
  • Street and Thoroughfare
  • Park, Playground, Recreation and Community Facilities
  • Police Headquarters Facility
  • Fire Protection Facilities
  • Library Facilities
  • Flood Protection and Storm Drainage Improvements
  • Cultural Arts Facilities Acquisition and Improvement
  • City Facilities Repair and Improvements
  • Furtherance of the City's Economic Development Neighborhood Revitalization and Business Expansion Programs
  • Animal Control Facilities
  • Trinity River Corridor Project Bonds, including flood ways, levees, waterways, open space, recreational facilities, Trinity Parkway, and related street improvements
May 3, 2003 Bond Election held to vote on seventeen (17) capital improvement propositions, totaling $579,290,000. Ordinance 25186. All propositions passed. (Canvass Report: File Number 03-1305)
  • Street and Transportation Improvements
  • Park, Playground, Recreation, and Community Facilities
  • Flood Protection and Storm Drainage Facilities
  • Library Facilities
  • Cultural Arts Facilities Planning and Improvement (Performing Arts Theater)
  • City Facilities Repair and Improvements
  • Animal Control Facilities
  • Land Acquisition for the Development of Low and Moderate Income Homes
  • Flood Protection and Storm Drainage Improvements (McCommas Bluff Landfill)
  • Street projects
  • Major and Citywide Park and Recreation Facilities
  • Cultural Arts Facilities
  • Street, Utility, and Other Infrastructure Improvements in Southern Area of the City
  • Fire Protection Facilities
  • Farmers Market Improvements
  • Police Headquarters Facility
  • Homeless Assistance Facilities
November 7, 2006 Bond Election held to vote on twelve (12) capital improvement propositions, totaling $1.35 billion dollars.  All propositions passed.  (Canvass Report: File Number 06-3208)
  • Street and Transportation Improvements
  • Flood Protection and Storm Drainage Facilities
  • Park and Recreation Facilities
  • Library Facilities
  • Cultural Arts Facilities 
  • City Hall, City Service and Maintenance Facilities
  • Land Acquisition Under the Land Bank Program for the development of Low and Moderate Income Homes
  • Economic Development in Southern Area of the City, and in Other Areas of the City in Connection with Transit-Oriented Development, by Providing Public Infrastructure and Funding the City’s Economic Development Programs for Such Areas
  • Farmers Market  
  • Land Acquisition in the Cadillac Heights Area for Future Location of City Facilities
  • Court Facilities
  • Public Safety Facilities including Police Facilities, Fire Facilities, and Emergency Warning Systems