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Houston City Council Members Offer Budget Amendments

They will vote on the budget for fiscal year 2016 next week.

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City Controller Ronald Green, left, and Houston Director of Finance Kelly Dowe brief city council members on the budget.

Houston City Council members submitted 59 amendments to the proposed budget. They range from added funds to the police and fire departments to a plan to remove cars from the city’s bayous.

Brenda Stardig submitted the highest number of amendments, 16, followed by Dave Martin, who offered 10.

Mayor Annise Parker said most of the amendments require additional spending.

“The budget I presented is balanced,” she said. “Something’s going to have to give in order to have more spending, and some of the spending items are big tickets, so I don’t know where they’re going to get it.”

The administration will spend the rest of the week reviewing the amendments and will combine similar ones. The council will then vote on the final budget next week.

The discussion usually takes up the whole day.

“Next Wednesday, pack a lunch,” Parker said. “We will go through the matrix line by line by line.”

The council already approved Mayor Parker’s proposed doubling of the property tax exemption for seniors and the disabled. This will help the city avoid reaching its revenue cap.

FY2016 Budget Overview & Five Year Plan Final 1: 

 

 

2016 – 2015 Budget Amendments:

FY2016 Budget Overview & Five Year Plan Final 1 (PDF)

FY2016 Budget Overview & Five Year Plan Final 1 (Text)

 

 

 

2016 2015 Budget Amendments (PDF)

2016 2015 Budget Amendments (Text)

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