Turner to deliver fourth annual State of the City address
Mayor Sylvester Turner will deliver his fourth annual State of the City speech Monday at a luncheon hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership.
The mayor has used the event in prior years to lay out his financial goals for Houston and call for the city to lift its property tax cap, with the additional revenue going toward public safety.
Turner’s address this year will come several months before his name appears on the November ballot. Seeking a second four-year term, he has drawn a challenge from 2015 opponent Bill King and millionaire lawyer Tony Buzbee, along with a handful of lesser-known candidates.
The speech also comes on the heels of a judge’s decision last week to rule Proposition B unconstitutional and void. The voter-approved charter amendment granted firefighters the same pay as police officers of corresponding rank and seniority.
With city council weeks away from setting its budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Turner announced that the city no longer would have to lay off hundreds of firefighters and municipal workers to pay for raises in the fire department.
After Turner’s speech, Buzbee plans to deliver his own speech, which he is calling “The Real State of the City.” Both addresses will take place downtown at the Marriott Marquis hotel.
Turner’s address is scheduled to begin about 11:30 a.m. or noon, while Buzbee will speak at 1:30 p.m. King also released a statement Monday saying Turner “has had little to do with most of what he will take credit for” in the address.