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Austin cuts police budget by 1/3 amid national 'defund' push

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Report for America/ Associated Press

(AP) - The Austin City Council has voted to cut one-third of the city's $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement in favor of spending more money on social services.

Council members voted unanimously Thursday to reallocate just over $150 million in the 2021 fiscal budget to social services. That budget starts Oct. 1. Of that, $21 million will fund community resources including response to the coronavirus pandemic, mental health aid programs, victim services and food, housing and abortion access in Octoboer.

Approximately $80 million will be redistributed to similar city services over the year. Another $49 million will be spent on alternative forms of public safety and community support.

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