Furloughs have saved City of Houston $250K

HOUSTON Parker on Wednesday said the city has saved about $250,000 so far. She says additional voluntary furloughs could push that figure to $500,000 as more employees take days off between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Parker has not ruled out mandatory furlough days for employees of the state's largest city. The mayor also says she hopes to make progress on reforming the city's pension obligations.

The Houston City Council on Dec. 15 voted to hike fees on almost 150 municipal services to help close the budget gap.

Free Galveston tour for furloughed city employees

Houston city employees taking furloughs to help ease the budget shortfall have one free way to spend the day.

Baywatch Dolphin Tours of Galveston is offering complimentary tours of Galveston Harbor for city employees taking furlough days as well as their families.

The business owner says he just wanted to give back to those employees who are taking a cut in their paychecks. The offer runs through February.

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