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Council Members Weigh Options To Pay For Proposition B

Houston City Council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee are proposing nearly 20 ideas for how the city can pay for voter-mandated firefighter raises.

Council Member Dave Martin
Council Member Dave Martin, chair of Houston City Council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is still negotiating with the firefighters’ union to try and find a way to phase in voter-mandated raises. But city council members are preparing options the mayor may use to implement Proposition B should those talks fail. The council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee brainstormed options for much of Thursday afternoon.

Chairman Dave Martin warned that this would only be the beginning of a long, ugly process. “I envision a very, very nasty, tough – use whatever word you want to use – budget season that we’re getting ready to embark upon,” he said.

Martin compiled a list of nearly 20 proposals from fellow council members, as well as representatives of the city controller’s office and the city finance department. The ideas ranged from Council Member Dwight Boykins’ plan for a garbage fee to Vice Chair Amanda Edwards’ suggestion of leasing city property.

The committee will submit the proposals to the mayor next week. Some of them are ideas he has already rejected.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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