(Houston, TX) -- The city of Houston is in a hiring freeze as of Monday. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the move is necessary because of the proposed Houston firefighter pay raise measure on the November ballot.
Turner announced the freeze on Friday in a letter to City Council members and department heads. The freeze affects job applicants and employees up for promotion.
If Proposition B passes, firefighter pay will be raised at least 25-percent, costing the city about 98-million-dollars a year.