Houston Council Oks $650M In Firefighter Backpay; Controller Threatens To Derail Settlement

The 14-3 vote followed an intense hour-long debate, where council members discussed the potential long-term impact on taxpayers and the necessity of voter input, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Several councilors advocated delaying the decision for a public vote on the bond issuance, but Mayor John Whitmire said it would only cost more money to delay.

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