The Mayor Orders Belt Tightening At City Hall

Houston Mayor Bill White fired back Monday at City Controller Annise Parker, saying the city is, “in good financial shape and there is no $103 Million shortfall.”

During an afternoon news conference at City Hall, the mayor told reporters that the city IS facing a shortfall of about $51 Million, and will have to find ways to save money.

The mayor says those cost saving measures could include anything from selling Off real estate, reorganizing payroll,  to delaying some expenditures on technology and new helicopters for police. 

The Mayor also seemed to back down from his previous statement  from his communications director Frank Michel, that the would not furlough city employees.

While ruling out across the board furloughs, the mayor said  that if a department head suggested a furlough as a way to save money, then the Mayor would allow that department to move forward with the idea. 

In addition, the Mayor has ordered departments to slash spending by one-percent across the board.

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