Written by Alice Canham
The Hilton Anatole was the site of the State of Dallas County Address luncheon on June 6. Attendees learned how their tax dollars are improving conditions in the ninth most populous county in the nation, according to opening speaker Michael Gonzales, chairman-elect of the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
“Dallas County plays an important role in the fiscal well-being of the community,” Gonzales said. “The current unemployment rate here in Dallas County is 6.6 percent, which is [a favorable contrast to] the national rate of 7.5 percent.
“Dallas County is a leader in regional transportation…with a light rail system that’s larger than either Boston’s or Philadelphia’s. Dallas County also boasts one of the lowest property tax rates in the nation, and is one of the few districts to hold a Triple-A bond rating with both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.”