Dallas voters will decide whether public subsidies to private developers will be allowed after city secretary Deborah Watkins determined that a group had gathered enough signatures to require a referendum on the proposed city charter amendment.

If voters approve the measure at the May 9 municipal election, a public referendum would have to be held whenever a private developer asked for more than $1 million in public subsidies to restore or construct hotels, convention centers, luxury residential condominiums and retail facilities, or any infrastructure supporting such buildings.

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