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City of Houston

Turner Agrees To Garbage Fee Vote To Break Logjam Over Firefighter Cadets

Council Member Dwight Boykins used procedural motions to bring council business to a crawl in protest of the mayor’s refusal to swear in firefighter cadets.


Houston Public Media

Firefighter raises once again dominated Houston's City Council meeting. One council member brought the proceedings to a virtual standstill over the mayor's refusal to swear in firefighter cadets.

Council Member Dwight Boykins said he was determined the City should exhaust all avenues to come up with a way to pay the voter-mandated raises without layoffs. He also said the mayor owed it to the 68 cadets who had completed training to swear them in. To make his point, for the second session in a row, Boykins tagged virtually every item on the agenda.

But at the end of the meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner made a concession that suggested a break in the logjam. Boykins had proposed enacting a garbage fee that would pay for the raises. Up to now, Turner has refused to allow it on the agenda.

"I will present your proposal to the council members on your garbage fee request and see how the council members vote on it," Turner said. "I don't support it, but if you can get the nine votes for it, then it speaks for itself."


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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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