Members are still proposing a police and fire pay raise of around 5 percent to improve police officer retention and recruiting.
“I know I want to stand at these town hall meetings and tell folks that we have fixed that issue,” Council Member Adam McGough said.
The council voted 11-3 in favor of an amendment put forward by Lake Highlands’ council representative Adam McGough, chair of the council’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee and a likely candidate for mayor.
McGough’s amendment set the property tax rate at 77.67 cents per $100 valuation — lower than the current property tax rate of 78.04 cents, but still higher than what City Manager T.C. Broadnax originally proposed when debuting his balanced budget last month (76.50). McGough’s amendment adds about $14.8 million to Broadnax’s budget, which will now go to first responders.
McGough’s amendment also put $250,000 toward personal protective gear for all public safety workers, to be used to leverage private funds. That kick-starts the city manager’s original proposal to put a total of $5.2 million toward those critical needs over two years, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20.
“We don’t have another tool to figure out how to help with recruiting other than to increase the starting salary. That’s what we’re doing,” said Councilman Adam McGough, who led negotiations for the amendment.
“I can tell you this right now: He holds the trophy and the championship for the Best Playground in the city of Dallas and maybe the state of Texas,” Dallas City Council member Adam McGough said at the ceremony, according to the Dallas Morning News.