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Turner Prepares To Cut Budget For Third Straight Year

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the FY 2019 budget, which he’ll present to City Council next week, will cut spending to every department except HPD

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city is nearly out of room to cut spending. The warning comes as Turner prepares to submit his budget for Fiscal Year 2019 to Houston City Council next week.

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Mayor Turner's plans to cut spending to all city departments with the exception of the Houston Police Department. This year will mark the third in a row Houston has cut the budget on his watch.

"The previous mayor made department reductions as well," said Turner. "So if you go back and take a look at what was done under Mayor Parker's administration and then take a look at what I've done, we're cutting these departments pretty much to the bone."

Since last July, the city has eliminated virtually every job that has fallen vacant.

Turner notes that his last budget cut $20 million from HPD, and he said he won't cut police funding any further. During his State of the City address earlier this week, Turner said he wants voters to lift the revenue cap, so that Houston can raise the funds needed to hire more police.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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