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A Look at Houston’s Plan to Close its $160M Budget Deficit

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner has expressed his idea of how to close a $160 million budget deficit, which includes layoffs, reduced funding for council districts and cuts is all of the city’s departments. This plan also includes a proposed cut of the city’s solid waste sponsorship, which is a huge hit for the waste and recycling industry.

The elimination of the city’s solid waste sponsorship wouldn’t put a huge burden on Houston residents, and it would save the city $3.5 million, according to the mayor.

The City of Houston has been riding a rollercoaster when it comes to waste and recycling decisions lately, and it doesn’t look like it’s close to making any final decisions. 

Houston Public Media has the details:

One phrase — more than any other — summarizes Mayor Sylvester Turner’s idea of how to close a $160 million budget deficit: shared sacrifice.

He uses it a lot.

And it’s reflected in his proposed budget by layoffs, reduced funding for council districts and cuts in all city departments.

It also proposes scrapping the city’s solid waste sponsorship. That program applies to any civic association that wants to take care of its own waste collection.

Read the full story here.


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