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Texas Elections 2018

Turner Releases Statement On Potential Passage Of Prop B

The Houston Mayor reiterates establishing pay parity between local police officers and firefighters would cause layoffs.

Mayor Turner
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement that early numbers regarding Proposition B – which, if passed, would establish pay parity between local police officers and firefighters — present the City of Houston “with a new set of huge obstacles” and added “the costs will be steep.”

According to the Harris County Clerk's Office, as of 8:43 p.m., 57.69 percent of the votes were in favor of Prop B, with 7.81 percent of the precincts reporting.

Turner said in his statement that the only way to establish the pay parity is “cuts in spending, and by far our biggest spending is on payroll.”

The Mayor added the “apparent passage of Prop B puts us on course for layoffs” and said the City will have to balance the City’s budget with “an additional $100 million a year added to our expenses.”

The Houston Police Officers' Union (HPOU) also released a statement and said that “many voters were misled by fraudulent messages and posts, or at least confused by the convoluted ballot language.”

The HPOU added they will “research appealing to the court system.”

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