AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three former Austin mayors and a Democratic billionaire activist have waded into the political battle over Proposition A.
At a information convention on Tuesday, Save Austin Now — the political motion committee pushing the poll measure — introduced former mayors Lee Leffingwell, Lee Cooke, and Ron Mullen have thrown their help behind the proposition.
If handed, Prop A would add a whole lot of officers to Austin’s police division by requiring a ratio of two officers for each 1,000 residents. As KXAN has reported, the price may land between $271.5 million and $598.9 million over 5 years, in response to a memo from the town’s chief monetary officer.
“There’s nothing flawed with having too many law enforcement officials, however there’s a lot flawed with having too few,” Leffingwell mentioned.
Opponents imagine the passage of Prop A may spell funding cuts for different important metropolis companies.
Final week, Democratic billionaire and activist George Soros donated $500,000 to anti-proposition Fairness PAC, the group behind the ‘No Manner on Prop A’ marketing campaign. The contribution was made via Soros’ Open Society Coverage Middle, in response to monetary data.
“The 115 organizations in opposition to Prop A comprise one of many largest and most numerous teams within the historical past of Austin politics, along with a rising record of 38 present and former elected officers,” mentioned Laura Hernandez Holmes, marketing campaign supervisor for ‘No Manner on Prop A.’
Final week, the Austin Firefighters Association introduced that it will not help Prop A, saying the Austin Police Division is absolutely funded and already has the cash to rent a whole lot of extra officers.
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