Central Austin Edition - September 2021

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CITYPROPOSITIONS Austin residents will be able to vote on two propositions. The rst, sponsored by Save Austin Now, asks voters

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to weigh public safety and budgetary concerns with a potentially signicant police budget increase. The second is a potential land deal that would be used to create new park space.

SOURCE: SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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P R O P O S I T I O N A POLICE STAFFING

P R O P O S I T I O N B PARK LAND SWAP

CENTRALMAINTENANCE COMPLEXAT TOWN LAKE METROPOLITAN PARK The city is asking for permission to lease or sell 9 acres along Lakeshore Boulevard for a mixture of new waterfront land and funds.

This would require APD to employ at least two police ocers per 1,000 residents at all times and to host three cadet classes per year until at least 1,959 full-time ocers are on the force. At least 35% of patrol ocer time would be uncommitted time for community engagement. It also mandates police training for some city ocials and their sta. City sta estimate it could cost $271.5 million-$598.8 million over ve years. Save Austin Now, the PAC that petitioned to have the proposition on the ballot, successfully sued the city to have the ocial ballot language on the left used, instead of City Council’s version, which it said outlined the details of the proposal. The Texas Supreme Court ruled SAN’s language would be used, but added the caveat that it would have to include the proposition’s cost as estimated by city sta.

Shall a petitioned ordinance be approved to enhance public safety and police oversight, transparency and accountability by adding a new chapter 2-16 to establish minimum standards for the police department to ensure eective public safety and protect residents and visitors to Austin, and prescribing minimal requirements for achieving the same, at an estimated cost of $271.5 million-$598.8 million over ve years?

Shall the City Council be authorized to convey or lease approximately 9 acres of parkland currently used as the Central Maintenance Complex (CMC) located at 2525 S. Lakeshore Blvd. through a public bidding process, where the total value of the bid is equal to or greater than the appraised fair market value of CMC, in exchange for at a minimum: 1) at least 48 acres of waterfront land contiguous to an existing city park; and 2) the cost or construction of a new maintenance facility for the parks and recreation department on other city-owned land; and 3) partial or full funding for the removal of Fiesta Gardens’ existing maintenance facility and restoration of that land to parkland?

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