Dallas approves $3.8B budget that increases police spending
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas City Council approved a budget for the 2021 fiscal year that includes increasing police spending by nearly $8 million despite calls to cut the department’s funding.
After more than 12 hours of meetings Wednesday, the total $3.8 billion budget was passed by a 9-6 vote.
Debate centered on the general revenue budget, which makes up more than a fourth of the overall budget and represents discretionary spending the council can actually change.
The fund includes salaries for police, fire and city departments.
WFAA-TV reports the police department budget will increase from $501 million in 2020 to a forecasted $509 million for 2021.
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