Galveston Police, Firefighters to Take Pay Cut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas -- Police and firefighters' unions said they would take a three percent pay cut to help cash-strapped Galveston as it recovers from the devastation brought by Hurricane Ike.

The unions voted on the pay cut last week, and in both cases, the measure passed by a majority.

The vote tallies were released this week.

The president of the Galveston Municipal Police Association Jimmy De Los Santos said the pay cut is the right thing to do and added Galveston needs all the help it can get.

Ike blasted ashore near Galveston on Sept. 13, killing at least 37 people in Texas and causing massive devastation.

Flooding from Ike devastated homes and businesses in Galveston.

Officials hope the pay cut will save $600,000 and help to avoid layoffs.

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