A Message from
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Dear Fellow Houstonian,
On November 7, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lift up our families, lift up our neighborhoods and lift up our city – by voting FOR the city bonds.
While other cities are failing under punishing pension liabilities, we are building a city where we balance our budgets and keep our commitments to seniors without robbing our children’s future.
A vote FOR the city pension bond is a vote for historic reforms to our public pension system that will protect worker’s retirements and save billions of dollars for taxpayers.
We are also building a city that invests in our future by investing in our infrastructure. Passing the city improvement bonds will make Houston safer and make our economy stronger – all without raising taxes.
A vote FOR the city improvement bonds is a vote for more good jobs; upgraded parks, libraries and neighborhood playgrounds; and critical investments in police and fire stations and equipment.
I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am that Houstonians are uniting to solve a problem as big as Texas. In an editorial in favor of our pension reform package, The Houston Chronicle got it right when it said:
“This deal’s importance to our city’s future cannot be overstated. Houston would’ve been headed for a fiscal calamity triggering thousands of layoffs and dramatic cutbacks in vital city services, almost certainly including the police and fire departments. Indeed, some of the smart people who studied this subject concluded pension debt could’ve driven our city into bankruptcy.”
As a lifelong Houstonian, I am most proud that we are building a city that honors the service and labor and essential humanity of all our people.
Please join me on November 7 by voting FOR the city bonds.