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The Austin Police Department will have a record-amount of funding in the new fiscal year. (Charlie Harper III)

Austin City Council has approved a $4.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2021-2022, where funds were prioritized in public safety, affordable housing and addressing homelessness.

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Austin City Hall

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The Austin City Council unanimously approved a $4.1B budget on Thursday that includes up to $150 million in cuts to police budgets over the coming year, although only $20 million will be cut immediately, city officials said.

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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


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