Report: City should trim pensions, privatize EMS

Source: Chris Moran, Houston Chronicle, February 7, 2012

The city should consider privatizing its ambulance service, reducing survivors’ pension benefits, turning over libraries and other operations to the county, taking one firefighter off each truck, requiring employees to pay more for health insurance, imposing a blight tax on neglected foreclosed homes and scrapping cost-of-living allowances to pensioners, according to a list of suggestions sent to Mayor Annise Parker by an advisory group Tuesday.

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