DALLAS -- As Texas prepares for three upcoming city ballots, Houston Controller George Greanias yesterday challenged the assertion that as many as 1,250 workers could be fired if voters do not approve a budget-balancing bond deal on Saturday.

Voters are being scared into supporting Mayor Robert Lanier's plan to issue $25 million of five-year general obligation bonds to settle legal claims traditionally paid from the general fund, Mr. Greanias said in an interview and later in a press conference.

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