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City Of Dallas Settles With Police And Fire Over Back Pay

May 30, 2018 - 8:01 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A settlement has been reached between the city of Dallas and nearly 8,700 police and firemen. 

The two parties have agreed to a $173.3 million settlement in their decades-old class-action lawsuits over years of back-pay claims.

City officials felt the deal, while pricey, was necessary and comes without a tax increase, removing the biggest fiscal threat hanging local government.

"This is a great day for the city of Dallas. If the city had chosen to fight this, it could have been a huge loss for Dallas, one that could have bankrupt the city," says Ted Lyon, who represents the public safety workers. 

Mayor Mike Rawlings warned that a loss could cost the city billions. After the agreement, he came out in support of the settlement.

Dallas city attorney Larry Casto says the agreement comes almost seven months after the Dallas City Council voted to spend $61.7 million to settle four lawsuits in Collin County over the language of a 1979 pay referendum that was pushed by police and firefighters and approved by voters. 

"The outcome of a trial was in doubt, and if they had decided against us, we just didn't have that much money in the bank," Casto says.

The settlement must still be approved by the Dallas city council this summer.​