By Robert Maxwell, KXAN

A summary of a proposed settlement between the City of Austin and the federal Department of Justice shows ‘back pay’ for minority firefighter cadets who complete remedial testing would cost city taxpayers up to $780,000.

The summary of the proposed consent decree, attached to the current draft City Council agenda also calls for provisions that allow Austin Fire Department to resume and complete its current cadet hiring process, with some modification to the original design of that process.

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