Call City Councilmembers TODAY!
Council Members begin voting on the 2015-2016 City Budget Tuesday, September 1st. You can make a difference until Monday, September 7, before Councilmembers make their final decisions on Tuesday, September 8.
Since 1999 the City of Austin budget has grown by 38%. 95% of that growth has gone to public safety -- predominantly the police department. Despite the child poverty rate of Travis County being 24%, and despite the city of Austin having at its disposal more funds this year than last year, no significant new city investment is planned to address missing resources to lift children and families out of poverty. The proposed city budget calls for 106 new staff for the police department, yet would cut after school programs, and other services for families.
Austin Interfaith, and our congregations, call for a more just, and humane city budget.
Mayor Steve Adler: 512-978-2100
D1 – Ora Houston: 512-978-2101
D3 – Sabino Renteria: 512-978-2103
D4 – Gregorio Casar: 512-978-2104
D5 – Ann Kitchen: 512-978-2105
D6 – Don Zimmerman: 512-978-2106
D8 – Ellen Troxclair: 512-978-2108
D9 – Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo: 512-978-2109
D10 – Sheri Gallo: 512-978-2110
You can email all Council Members at once at this link: email all of city council with one message
Click here to read Rabbi Freedman and Fr. Wack's oped: Change Budget Priorities to Promote Economic Equality.
Austin Interfaith supports the budget priorities listed below (click on list for clearer version).