At its June 1 meeting the Austin Public Safety Commission was presented with the complete list of the City Manager's proposed budget cuts for Austin Police, Fire and EMS.
The list of proposed cuts includes:
These are only 5 items from the City Manager's very long list of cuts to Austin's public safety agencies.
And yet, yesterday, public watchdog Austin Affordability showed that currently, the City is projecting a $26.9 Million Budget Surplus from this year.
This announcement may be the first-ever local news story to break first onAustinAffordability.com. I included a teaser in yesterday’s posting, but now I have the actual documentation. The City of Austin Financial Services Dept. is projecting a budget surplus for this year of $26.9 million!
It is estimated that the homestead exemption, which Marc Ott says will require such deep cuts would be $5.2 million dollars if City Council had voted for the full 6%:
We urge our readers to contact City Council and say enough is enough. No City Manager should be proposing these kind of public safety cuts after the 2011 fires and the Onion Creek and Memorial Day floods, especially when it has already come out that he is lying, lying to the public and to the Public Safety Commission.
Below are the email addresses for the City Council members:
Thank you Bill Oakey of Austin Affordability for being a better public servant than our City Manager!