Bonds & Propositions

Friday, September 10, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

‘No Way on Prop A’ campaign opposes police staffing initiative

A political action committee focused on defeating a November ballot proposal that would significantly increase the size of the Austin Police Department held its first formal campaign event Thursday. More than 80 community groups and more than three dozen local…

Thursday, September 9, 2021 by Jo Clifton

How many cops do we want and at what cost?

Reporters and promoters of Proposition A have been using two officers per 1,000 Austin residents to describe the police staffing required if the proposition wins voter approval on Nov. 2. But that number may be insufficient, according to calculations done…

Friday, September 3, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs new ballot language for Prop A

As directed by the Texas Supreme Court, City Council on Thursday approved new language for Proposition A, the ordinance that would increase Austin’s police force to two officers per every 1,000 residents. Although the political action committee Save Austin Now…

Thursday, August 12, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council denounces Prop A, approves ballot language revealing its cost

An upcoming proposition that would mandate police staffing could cost the city almost $600 million over the next five years. City Council is trying to drive that reality home with newly adopted ballot language. If approved by voters on Nov.…

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Petition-backed measure to mandate police staffing will go to Austin voters

A ballot measure that would set a mandatory minimum for police staffing in Austin is on its way to voters. The city clerk on Tuesday certified petition signatures from the group Save Austin Now, paving the way for a November…

Thursday, July 1, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Group launches effort to put decriminalizing pot, ban on no-knock warrants on Austin’s November ballot

Austin effectively decriminalized marijuana last year. The city also effectively banned no-knock warrants, the controversial police tactic that led to the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Atatiana Jefferson. But those policies are more or less guidelines; they’re not formally enshrined in the city’s charter.…

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