In December, City Council voted to continue SxSW waivers:
How much is the waiver? Last year, KUT reported it was $750,000:
While the total – up to $755,644 – may sound like a lot of money, a City of Austin-touted economic impact report from SXSW says its 2013 festival channeled $218.2 million into the Austin economy.
Now, KXAN reports that an addition 120 officers, including 60 patrol officers, will be assigned to SxSW:
People are already gearing up for South by Southwest, which is just two months away. More officers will be on patrol this year, a move that is partly in response to a crash on Red River Street last year that left four people dead after a car plowed into a crowd of spectators. Sixty more officers will be working downtown this year, and an additional 120 officers will make up a response team for crowd control near the end of the festival.
It already remains to be seen if the changes in APD's patrol sectors will help the over-taxed Region II (North and Northwest Austin) better handle calls:
Giving up more cops for SxSW will certainly not help.