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(Charlie L. Harper III/Austonia)

A marathon hearing on the next Austin budget, held virtually on Thursday, included testimony from hundreds of residents voicing concern that only $11 million was cut from the Austin Police Department's $400 million allocation, KUT reports.

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Charlie L. Harper III

Faced with historic economic and health crises that left the city's main revenue streams battered and a citizenry demanding change, budget writers on Monday proposed a $4.2 billion budget for the city of Austin for the 2020-21 fiscal year that includes $11.3 million in cuts to police services, the lowest property tax hike in 15 years, and provisions to keep the city's emergency reserves healthy.

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Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza on Thursday threatened to vote "no" on the city's annual budget next month if she doesn't see "significant" funds moved out of the Austin Police Department, as directed by the City Council last week.

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