Dallas police, firefighters agree to $173M settlement
DALLAS (AP) – Dallas has agreed to pay more than $173 million to settle decades-old lawsuits from thousands of public safety workers over years of back-pay claims.
The Dallas Morning News reports that an executive committee representing nearly 8,700 current and former Dallas police officers and firefighters approved the settlement Tuesday.
The settlement still needs to be approved by a City Council vote this summer.
Council members say Dallas will be able to pay out without increasing property taxes, funding the settlement with existing bond capacity.
Mayor Mike Rawlings called the latest settlement “a prudent move for taxpayers” both financially and psychologically.
Last year, Dallas settled four lawsuits for more than $61 million arising from the language of a 1979 pay referendum.