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Mary Suhm

After three decades at Dallas City Hall and eight years as city manager, Mary Suhm says she is stepping down. She notified council members yesterday that she will step down following the preparation of the current budget.

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There could be fireworks at Dallas City Hall Thursday afternoon when the City Plan Commission takes a second vote on gas drilling permits. 

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Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm takes the hot seat Wednesday at City Hall.  The mayor has requested an explanation of the Trinity East Energy gas drilling lease, and the surprise plans to drill on city park land.

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Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm admits her staff added a piece of city park land to a gas drilling lease without City Council approval.

For the first time in four years, city of Dallas employees are getting pay raises – up to 1.5 percent based on job performance.


The proposed city of Dallas budget for next year does not include layoffs, cuts to libraries, or a tax increase. An improving economy is making the 2013 budget debate less painful.

The city of Dallas is holding “round two” of hearings on the proposed 2012 bond program. Monday night, council members Tennell Atkins and Jerry Allen kick off three weeks of hearings in each of the council districts. The goal is to hear what projects Dallas residents want included in the bond package.

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Dallas City Council members have a 10 Billion dollar “to-do” list. And will talk today about what to include in a 2012 bond election. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.

In briefing material, city managers say the bond package should be around 500 million dollars. That’s basically what the city can afford considering projected slow growth in the tax base, and the existing debt.

The top three items on the City Manager’s bond package list are streets, flood protection and economic development.

Dallas, TX – Occupy Dallas members evicted from their base behind city hall say they're not going away. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the large police effort to dismantle the camp, and the discord among some city officials questioning the move.