Houston City Council to consider adding new seats today

March 2, 2011 10:06:19 AM PST
Today, the Houston City Council will consider adding two new seats to its chambers. The city is required to add a 15th and 16th seat once the population reaches 2.1 million but it's not reached the milestone yet.

It is on the Houston city council agenda today to discuss adding those two council seats. In a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in the late 70s, the city agreed to do that once the population hit 2.1 million. When the census numbers came out, it placed the city hundreds of residents short of that number, a number Mayor Annise Parker doesn't plan to work with right now.

"We absolutely believe for a fact that we are above the 2.1 million because of some minor errors on the borders of Houston as to who should have been included and who not and we are going to proceed on that basis," said Mayor Parker.

"I don't think the city's respecting the Census Bureau's work at this time," said Councilman Mike Sullivan. It is the fed government and we have to respect it."