Houston City Council weighs 2015 budget

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HOUSTON, TX –  The day after members of the Houston Fire Department booted a contract (that would have given them a four percent raise in exchange for swallowing limitations on time-off), the City Council is trying to put-out some fires on their own.

It’s all about the budget. Some typical last-minute wrangling has brought forth new amendments and the council session is seeming to just drag on.

For what it’s worth, the mayor’s $5.2 billion proposal includes highlights like single stream recycling, $10 million toward pot holes (maybe they’re sick of the segment), extra staff at BARC and more than a few bucks toward rising pension costs, contractual raises and paying down debt.