Voters support City of Houston Propositions A & B toward wins

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Houston Proposition A Dedicated Funding Drainage and Streets

100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING

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AGAINST

347,587

74%

 

 

FOR

121,335

26%

 
 

Houston Proposition B Firefighter Pay Parity

100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING

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FOR

289,361

59%

 

 

AGAINST

199,055

41%

 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement regarding Proposition B:

This apparent vote result presents city government with a new set of huge obstacles. The costs will be steep, as I have warned for months.

Under our city charter we don’t have a way to raise taxes to pay for this. The only way out is cuts in spending, and by far our biggest spending is on payroll.

So the apparent passage of Prop B puts us on course for layoffs. Some firefighters who had hoped to benefit from Prop B will lose their jobs instead -- while older firefighters get a 29 percent pay hike.

Regrettably, the Fire Department budget alone will not be able to absorb these additional costs. Other departments such as police, solid waste, parks and libraries will be adversely affected.
I hope and trust the residents of Houston will bear with us as we work to balance the city's budget with an an additional $100 million a year added to our expenses.

Another obstacle is how to interpret and carry out the language of the proposition, which is vague and ambiguous. Under our ordinances, the proposition on the ballot had to mirror what was on the petition that made the election necessary.

Mistakes were made in the petition language, which is why the city legal department will seek advice on how to go forward.

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