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City of Houston

Boykins Proposes Garbage Collection Fee To Pay For Firefighter Raises

The Houston City Council Member says a flat monthly fee of at least $25 would generate enough revenue to cover pay parity without having to layoff city employees.


Houston city council member Dwight Boykins represents District D.


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A Houston city council member is proposing a way to raise firefighter's salaries without laying people off. That comes more than a month after Houston voters approved a measure granting pay parity between firefighters and police.

Virtually every major city in Texas bills property owners for garbage collection. Houston doesn't. Council Member Dwight Boykins proposes charging a flat monthly fee of $25 to $40. He estimates that would generate revenues of well over $100 million a year.

"Those revenues would then become part of a protected enterprise fund strictly for solid waste management," Boykins says. "Money from the General Service Fund could then be used to pay firefighters pay parity that was mandated on November 6."

Boykins says the city council could approve the fee without having to go to the voters again. But the mayor and council members would have to levy that fee on voters in an election year.

Below are charts and information provided by the office of council member Boykins:

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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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