AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is presenting a department overview to the Austin City Council Wednesday outlining the department’s funds and needs to help prepare for the budget process.
The FY 2017 total departmental budget was $401,624,830. A city spokesperson says in order to better prepare for the upcoming budget meetings, the mayor and council are asking for departments to give reviews to “provide insight on how their budget dollars are spent.”
The Austin Police Association said their priorities for this upcoming year are pay raises for officers and more staffing. The proposed budget will be presented to the Austin City Council on April 19, around the same time, the city and the union representing officers will create a new labor contract.
“I know the officers are looking forward to a new labor contract because they would like a little stability in their life after the last several years where they feel like they have been attacked and seeing police officer shootings in the media on a regular basis and our difficulty in hiring,” says Ken Casaday, President of the Austin Police Association.
Casaday says they are competing against other cities like Round Rock because due to higher pay. They also believe more officers could lead to more community policing instead of officers going from call to call.
The budget is expected to undergo changes between now and its approval Oct. 1.
Editor’s Note: The original story indicated APD was presenting a smaller budget for FY 18 but that is not the case at this time—the FY 18 budget has not been set.