Houston mayor orders city employee furloughs
POSTED: Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 5:04pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 9:23pm
HOUSTON (AP) - Mayor Annise Parker is ordering most Houston city
workers to take six unpaid days off over the next six months as she
tries to close an estimated $30 million budget shortfall.
Parker said police, firefighters, grant-funded positions and
workers making less than $24,000 a year would be exempt. Her order,
after a request for voluntary furloughs for this month, is expected
to save about $5 million.
Parker is winding up her first year of a two-year term. She said
Thursday the furloughs were not a solution to the city's budget
problems but a tool the narrow the deficit.
The mayor also is planning to sell some surplus property and
consolidate some city departments to generate revenue.
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