It has been busy for Mayor Annise Parker and City Council as they are starting to get serious about closing the projected $130 million budget gap. Today Mayor Parker announced that the city laid off 304 (and counting) employees to try to save $75 million dollars.
Mayor Parker and City Council are also increasing fees. They recently voted to increase Safe Clear towing services to $50 a tow to save $3 million. They are also selling buildings that aren’t being utilized.
With one campaign opponent already announced, these decisions can’t be easy for Mayor Parker, but I think it is great that she is serious about balancing the budget.
Mayor Parker also announced a second version of the new redistricting map. See it here.