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As local activists groups see a chance to gain support for defunding the Austin Police Department, we wanted to know where Austonia readers stood on the issue. Yesterday, we asked, "What should the City Council do about the APD budget?" and the results show 53% voted to add funding to APD.

Results of APD budget survey




Comments for the "add funding" majority were concerned about the lack of resources the police department would face if funding was cut. Some wrote that APD needs more funding for the city to be safe.

The 17% of "leave as is" voters had similar comments, saying APD needs adequate funding to protect citizens. One person said the police force needs to change and that can only happen with sufficient funds.

The 29% who voted to defund APD left comments about APD being violent and said the funds should be redirected elsewhere.

The Austin City Council discussed APD conduct and funding today at a "special session" meeting. Planning for the city budget is still in the early phases.

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