City Layoffs, Price Increases, and Redistricting

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.

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