Save Austin Now, a local political action committee, created the proposition in response to APD’s staffing shortages. Thirty-two percent of voters voted to pass Prop A.
In addition to more officers, Prop A would have also required an additional 40 hours of post-cadet class training. It aimed to increase minority hiring and boost community engagement.
Save Austin Now announced Austin City Council member Mackenzie Kelly and three former Austin mayors endorsed Prop A in October. Ken Cassady, president of the Austin Police Association, also supported it.
But Austin Mayor Steve Adler, the Austin Firefighters Association, and a group called No Way on Prop A, which was supported by Austin City Council members Vanessa Fuentes and Alison Alter, all opposed it.
The Austin Financial Service Department estimated Prop A would potentially use up to $120 million of the City’s budget per year.
The City of Austin is accepting mail-in ballots postmarked by 7 p.m. on November 2 until 5 pm Wednesday, November 3.
Voting in the November election ran from 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day in Texas. Early voting started on Monday, October 18 and ended on Friday, October 29.
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