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[00:00:03]

GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.

[Call to Order]

IT'S 10 O'CLOCK AND I WILL CALL TO ORDER THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

IT IS AUGUST 16TH, 2023, AS I INDICATED, AT 10 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.

WE ARE MEETING AT THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN AUSTIN CITY HALL, WHICH IS LOCATED AT 3 0 1 WEST SECOND STREET IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, AND WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE CITY COUNCIL PRESENT.

UH, MEMBERS, WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS RUN THROUGH THE ORDER OF THE DAY, BOTH FOR YOU AND THE PUBLIC.

UH, I POSTED THIS ON THE MESSAGE BOARD YESTERDAY, AND I THINK IT, IT STILL HOLDS TODAY.

UH, WE WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR AGENDA ITEMS ONE THROUGH SIX.

WE WILL HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT ON ALL OF THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA, INCLUDING THE PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR ITEMS ONE THROUGH SIX, ITEM EIGHT, WHICH IS THE ACTUAL BUDGET ITEM AND THE ITEMS FROM COUNCIL.

WE WILL THEN TAKE UP VOTES ON ITEMS, AND WE'LL TAKE THOSE UP IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER.

THIS WILL BE AT THE COMPLETION OF PUBLIC COMMENT.

ITEM THREE, ITEM SEVEN, AND BY THE WAY, ITEM SEVEN INCORPORATES ACTION FROM ITEMS 2, 4, 5, AND SIX.

AS I INDICATED, ITEM EIGHT IS THE BUDGET, AND I'LL CALL IT UP NEXT.

THERE WILL, UH, THERE'S AN, UH, UH, ATTACHMENT IN THE BACKUP THAT REFLECTS ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS TO THE BUDGET DOCUMENT THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED TO COUNCIL, AND THAT'S THE ONE WE'VE BEEN WORKING FROM SINCE THE CITY MANAGER PROVIDED IT AS A DRAFT BUDGET ON JULY 14TH.

THE MOTION I WILL SEEK WILL BE TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 20 23, 20 24 BUDGET, INCLUDING THE APPENDIX.

UH, I'LL NOTE THAT AT THAT POINT IN TIME, IF THERE ARE AMENDMENTS TO THE MAIN BUDGET MOTION, WE'LL TAKE THOSE UP AT THAT TIME.

I WILL ALSO CALL FOR COMMENTS, UH, AFTER THE MOTION SECOND, AND IF THERE ARE AMENDMENTS AFTER THOSE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED, DEBATED, AND EITHER ADOPTED OR NOT, AND THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET AND ADDRESS ANY ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS THAT, UH, MAY HAVE BEEN OFFERED AND ARE NOW PART OF THE, UH, APPENDIX OR ATTACHMENT.

ONCE ITEM EIGHT IS FINISHED, WE WILL ADDRESS ITEMS NINE, THEN 10 AND 11.

ACTUALLY, I'LL PROBABLY ASK FOR ALL THOSE TO BE TAKEN UP TOGETHER.

HOWEVER, IF THERE'S AN AMENDMENT THAT'S GOING TO BE PROPOSED FOR ANY OF THEM, THEN THAT ITEM WILL BE CARVED OUT AND I WOULD, I, I DON'T HAVE ANY INDICATION THAT THERE IS AN AMENDMENT THAT'S GOING TO BE OFFERED TO ITEMS NINE, 10, AND 11, SO IF YOU DO ANTICIPATE THAT YOU WILL DO THAT.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

AFTER WE DO NINE, 10, AND 11, WE WILL THEN TAKE UP ITEM 12 FOLLOWED BY ITEM ONE.

THEN WE WILL GO TO ITEM 13 AFTER ITEM 13.

WE WILL TAKE UP ITEMS FROM COUNSEL.

WE WILL TAKE THOSE ITEMS UP AS A CONSENT AGENDA.

IF SOMEONE WANTS TO PULL ONE OF THE ITEMS FROM COUNSEL, PLEASE LET ME KNOW THAT IN ADVANCE.

UH, IF SOMEONE HAS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN ADVANCE.

I WILL CALL FOR COUNCIL COMMENTS ON THE ITEMS FROM COUNCIL AFTER A MOTION AND SECOND ON THE CONSENT AGENDA OF IFCS AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE IFCS, I'LL RECESS THE COUNCIL MEETING AND WE WILL CONVENE THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE A H F C AGENDA, WE WILL ADJOURN THAT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.

I WILL THEN CALL TO ORDER THE MILLER LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION MEETING.

AND WHEN THAT AGENDA IS COMPLETE, WE'LL ADJOURN THAT MEETING, AT WHICH POINT I WILL CALL BACK TO ORDER THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

AND AT THAT TIME, WE HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE IN A POSITION WHERE WE, WHERE WE ADJOURN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

ANYBODY ANY QUESTIONS OF THAT? OKAY, UM, AS LONG AS I, I HAVE IT ALL WRITTEN DOWN HERE, SO IF EVERYBODY NEEDS IT, I CAN GIVE IT TO YOU.

UM, ALL

[Items 1-6]

RIGHT, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THEN I'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ITEMS ONE THROUGH SIX.

ITEM ONE IS THE PROPOSED PROPERTY, A VALOREM TAX RATE FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

ITEM TWO IS THE PROPOSED RATE AND FEE CHANGES FOR AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY.

ITEM THREE IS THE WATER AND WASTEWATER IMPACT FEE, LAND USE ASSUMPTIONS AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN.

ITEM FOUR IS THE PROPOSED RATE AND FEE CHANGES FOR AUSTIN ENERGY.

ITEM FIVE IS THE PROPOSED RATE AND FEE CHANGES FOR AUSTIN WATER ITEM SIX, A DRAINAGE CHARGE RATE CHANGE FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION FOR THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

UH, AS

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I'VE INDICATED, WE WILL ALSO, WE WILL HAVE TESTIMONY ON ALL OF THESE ITEMS, AND WE WILL ALSO TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT ON ALL OTHER AGENDA ITEMS, INCLUDING ITEM EIGHT, WHICH IS THE BUDGET ITEMS FROM COUNCIL AND ANY OTHER ITEMS. SO WITH THAT, UM, I WILL TURN

[Public Comments]

TO OUR CITY CLERK AND CALL ON YOU TO HELP US GET THROUGH THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY AND PUBLIC COMMENT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

WE DO HAVE SOME SPANISH SPEAKERS TODAY, SO I'D ASK IF THE INTERPRETER COULD PLEASE COME DOWN TO THE PODIUM.

WE DO HAVE A SPANISH SPEAKER THAT IS CALLING IN REMOTELY, SO I'M GONNA CALL THAT SPEAKER FIRST AND THEN MOVE TO THE FEW IN PERSON.

THANK YOU.

JOSE MORENO.

JOSE MORENO, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS JOSE MORENO.

I AM A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT FOUR WITH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER VAR.

I AM MEMBER OF THE ALLIANCE OF, UH, TENANTS AND NEIGHBORS, UH, HOMELESS TENANTS AND NEIGHBORS.

WE ARE SU IN SUPPORT OF AVA'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CITY TO FINANCE THE RELOCATION FUND OF $500,000 FOR, UH, TENANTS THAT ARE DISPLACED BY DEVELOPERS LIKE MY NEIGHBORS AND MYSELF WHO ARE GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT MOMENT.

AUSTIN DOES NOT HAVE AFFORDABLE PLACES FOR PEOPLE THAT EARN LITTLE MONEY.

LAST YEAR WE WENT THROUGH EVICTION AND WE FOUGHT THIS CASE, UH, THANKS TO, UM, THANKS TO CARMEN AND SOL AND OTHER PEOPLE.

UH, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN THE CASE, BUT EVEN THEN, RENTS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE.

WE LOOKED FOR CITY FUNDS, BUT WE COULDN'T FIND ANY FOR HOMELESS TENANTS.

EVEN THEN.

WE PULLED THROUGH WITH EFFORT.

WE PLEASE, WE ASK YOU TO SUPPORT AVA'S PROPOSAL, SO THERE'LL BE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR, UH, HOMELESS TENANTS.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO,

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BECAUSE WE TRUST THAT YOU WILL TAKE CARE OF US AND SUPPORT US.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION, MAYOR IMM GONNA MOVE.

OH, MAYOR, I'M GONNA MOVE INTO THE IN-PERSON SPANISH SPEAKERS.

THERE ARE THREE, I'M GONNA CALL YOUR NAMES.

IF YOU COULD PLEASE COME DOWN TOWARDS THE FRONT, NEAR THEIR INTERPRETER.

BERTHA HERNANDEZ, JUDITH DIAZ, MARY LOU FRUCTOSE, BERTHA HERNANDEZ, JUDITH DIAZ, MARY LOU FRUCTO, FRUCTO OSO.

SORRY IF I SAID THAT WRONG PROBLEM.

GOOD AFTERNOON AND BLESSINGS FOR ALL.

MY NAME IS BERTE HERNANDEZ AND I LIVE IN DOVE SPRINGS.

MY REPRESENTATIVE IS VANESSA FUENTES.

I WAS ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS OF THE GUARANTEED COMPILER PROGRAM, AND I WOULDN'T SAY WHAT A GREAT BLESSING IT WAS IN MY LIFE.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED HELP, PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.

MY SON WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO HELPED ME WITH EVERYTHING, AND HE HAD A STROKE THAT AFFECTED HIS MOBILITY.

HE WAS THE ONE WHO PROVIDED FOR THE HOUSEHOLD, AND HE DID EVERYTHING, AND HE DID NOT HAVE ANY HELP EXCEPT FOR THE HELP OF THE FAMILY STABILIZATION FUNDS, WHICH WAS A BIG HELP FOR ME SINCE I DID NOT WORK EITHER TO TAKE CARE OF HIM SINCE I DID NOT WORK EITHER TO TAKE CARE OF HIM AND HIS CHILDREN.

I HELP HIM BY SELLING TAMALES AND OSAS.

I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE BLESSING I RECEIVED FROM THE GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM, AND I HOPE THAT THESE FUNDS ARE GRANTED AGAIN TO CONTINUE HELPING FAMILIES IN NEED.

PLEASE VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE FAMILY STABILIZATION FUNDS THAT HELPED MANY FAMILIES WHO ARE NOW STRUGGLING TO THE, TO THE HIGH COST OF RENT, ELECTRICITY, AND FOOD.

AND ALSO, PLEASE ASSIGN FUNDS FOR ROOFS ON BUS STOPS AND FOR WATER PARKS THAT CHILDREN NEED AND ALSO FOR DISASTER PREPARATION.

AND PLEASE ALSO SUPPORT GAVA PROPOSAL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

JUDITH DIAZ, MARY LOU FUSO

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MAYOR.

IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THEY'RE HERE.

THAT CONCLUDES THE SPANISH SPEAKERS, SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE IN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MA'AM.

APPRECIATE YOUR HELPING.

ROBERT LILY SPEAKING ON ITEM ONE AND FOLLOWING ROBERT PAUL ROBBINS SPEAKING ON ITEM FOUR.

UM, ROBERTS OUTSIDE.

OKAY, WE'RE GONNA MOVE TO REMOTE AND THEN WE'LL GO BACK TO IN PERSON.

WHAT DID SHE SAY? MARIA? MARI, SORRY.

MARIA ROMERO, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

HELLO.

OH, OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS MARIA ROMERO.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT SIX.

UM, MY FAMILY AND I WERE DISPLACED FROM DISTRICT THREE, WE'RE MEMBERS OF THE RENTERS AND UNHOUSED NEIGHBORS ALLIANCE.

WE'RE PER, WE'VE, UH, PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED THE RISK OF HOMELESSNESS.

I'M CALLING TO SUPPORT EQUITY ACTIONS, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, AND GABA'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CITY TO PUT ASIDE $500,000 IN THE TENANT RELOCATION FUND FOR RENTERS FOR DISPLACED BY DEVELOPERS.

UM, THIS CITY NEEDS TO PUT THE MONEY UP FRONT SO RENTERS DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR DEVELOPERS TO ADD FUNDS.

WITH SO MUCH DISPLACEMENT GOING ON AND THE RISING RENT PRICES, I FEEL LIKE THE LEAST WE COULD DO IS A FUND RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND THE TENANT RELOCATION FUND FOR PEOPLE LIKE MY FRIEND JOSE, WHO JUST SPOKE, WHO WAS DISPLACED FROM OLD HOMESTEAD LAST YEAR, HE HAD TO ORGANIZE FOR COMPENSATION.

I FEEL LIKE COMPENSATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GIVEN.

IT SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN HIM LIKE ORGANIZING AND HAVING A FIGHT AS THEIR COMMUNITY WAS ABOUT TO BE TORN DOWN.

IT SHOULD HAVE THERE, YOU KNOW, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN, UM, IN PLACE.

AND I FEEL LIKE IT WAS SHAMEFUL THAT THE CITY DID CREATE A FUND, BUT THERE WAS NO MONEY IN THOSE FUNDS.

THAT FUNDING NEEDS TO BE THERE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WON'T END UP HOMELESS AND HAVE TO SUFFER OR HAVE ANXIETY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY'RE GONNA LIVE, WHETHER THEY HAVE TO CUT DOWN ON THEIR GROCERY MONEY TO AFFORD RENT.

I FEEL LIKE WE LIVE IN THE, ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES AND CITIES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD TO BE IN THIS SITUATION.

AND I ASK THAT YOU, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, YOU KNOW, UM, LISTEN TO GOD'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CITY TO PUT $500,000 IN THE, UM, FIVE, UH, $500,000 IN THE TENANT RELOCATION FUND FOR RENTERS WHO ARE DISPLACED BY DEVELOPERS, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF US LIKE THAT OUT THERE, AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

SUSAN PENTEL.

ON ITEM EIGHT AND 21, I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU DIDN'T ADD ANY ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS.

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET REQUESTED 11.6 MILLION MORE FOR THIS, AND YOU DIDN'T ADD ANY MONEY AT ALL.

EVERY, WHEN THESE EVENTS HAPPEN, AND WE'VE HAD TWO VERY SERIOUS EVENTS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR SAY, THIS IS HORRIBLE.

WE HAVE TO DO MORE.

WE HAVE TO RESPOND TO THIS.

AND EVERY YEAR AT BUDGET TIME, YOU DON'T ALLOCATE ENOUGH MONEY.

AND WHEN THESE EVENTS HAPPEN, WE ARE ALWAYS UNDER PREPARED.

I APPRECIATE COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY'S RESOLUTION, BUT THERE'S NO ADDITIONAL MONEY INCLUDED IN IT.

AND I THINK AT THE VERY LEAST, YOU OWE THE COMMUNITY AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY YOU ARE NOT ADDING ANY MONEY FOR THIS.

THOSE, UH, EVENTS ARE LIFE OR DEATH SITUATIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING ON THE STREET AND ALSO FOR MANY OTHERS WHO LOSE POWER ARE MEDICALLY VULNERABLE, DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO GO.

THOSE ARE VERY SERIOUS EVENTS AND SHOULD BE ONE OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITIES FOR THE CITY COUNCIL.

I ALSO SUPPORT MOVING 9 1 1 OUT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND INCREASING SALARIES FOR E M S AND I OPPOSE THE RATE INCREASES.

WE HAD HIGH RATE INCREASES LAST YEAR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MONICA GUZMAN, ITEM EIGHT, CAN YOU HEAR ME? I'VE GOT A YES MA'AM.

TOUCHY THROAT.

CAN Y'ALL HEAR ME?

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YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I'M MONICA GOSMAN, POLICY DIRECTOR AT GAVA.

GO AUSTIN, BA AUSTIN.

WE START BY THANKING THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WITH WHOM GAVA AND GAVA RESIDENTS MET OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

THANK YOU FOR, UM, MOVING FORWARD OUTSIDE OF THE BUDGET PROCESS.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER REGARDING WAIVING POOL FEES.

UM, OUR RESIDENTS CLEARLY REALIZED THEY WERE BEING LISTENED TO AND HEARD, AND I WANNA THANK ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHOSE AMENDMENTS MAKE IT CLEAR THEY WERE LISTENING.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELA, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES VELAZQUEZ.

AND, UH, SORRY I DON'T HAVE THE FULL LIST OF THE OTHERS BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN OUT ILL, BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMENDMENT.

MAKING IT CLEAR YOU HAVE LISTENED TO THE COMMUNITY, YOU'VE LISTENED TO THE GAVA RESIDENTS, AND I HOPE THAT WE SEE THAT COME THROUGH IN THE END WHEN YOU APPROVE THIS, THAT WE CAN SEE ACTUAL MONEY IN PLACE FOR RESIDENTS WHO ARE RISKING DISPLACEMENT DUE TO REDEVELOPMENT THAT WE SEE MONEY AN INCREASED AMOUNT FOR A I S D PUBLIC SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, WHETHER THEY ASK FOR IT OR NOT.

MONEY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE PROVIDERS AS WELL AS THE PARENTS.

WHILE I APPRECIATE COUNCIL MEMBER WITNESSES AMENDMENT ABOUT WAIVING FEES TO, FOR EXPANSION OR BUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP, THAT UNFORTUNATELY DID NOT HELP THE HOME-BASED PROVIDERS.

SO WE ARE HOPING TO SEE FUNDING COMING THROUGH FOR THEM AS WELL.

UM, THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

GET WELL SOON.

JUAN BENITEZ, ITEM NINE, EIGHT.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS JUAN BENITEZ.

I AM THE CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER FOR TEXAS HEALTH ACTION AND OUR PROGRAM KAI CLINIC.

WE HAVE AN EXPERTISE IN SERVING AND PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO LGBTQIA PLUS PEOPLE AND PEOPLE IMPACTED BY H I V COUNCIL.

MEMBER VELASQUEZ FILED AN AMENDMENT TO NEXT'S BUDGET TO FUND COMMUNITY H I V AND F T I TESTING AND TREATMENT INVESTING.

AND COMMUNITY TESTING ISN'T JUST A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE, IT'S ALSO AN EQUITY ISSUE.

LGBTQIA PLUS COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO BE THE MOST DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY H I V AND STIS.

SO FOR US TO LIVE UP TO OUR VALUES OF BUILDING AN EQUITABLE CITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY, WE MUST ALSO INVEST IN ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR LGBTQIA PLUS COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING F T I TESTING AND TREATMENT.

LAST YEAR, K CLINIC PROVIDED FRUIT TESTING FOR STIS TO OVER 11,000 AUSTINITES THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY WALK-IN TESTING PROGRAM.

AND THIS WAS A 176% INCREASE FROM 2021.

WHAT'S EVEN MORE ALARMING IS THAT ONE IN FIVE PATIENTS COMING THROUGH WALK-IN TESTING CAME BACK REACTIVE FOR AN S T I AND WHILE STI CONTINUE TO RISE, UNFORTUNATELY HELP ISN'T COMING.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO ADDITIONAL FEDERAL OR STATE RESOURCES TO COMBAT RISING RATES OF STIS.

SO IT'S ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO FUND THIS WORK AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ON THE FRONT LINES THAT ARE PROVIDING TESTING.

I, I ASK THAT YOU ENSURE THAT COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ'S AMENDMENT TO FUND COMMUNITY H I V AND AND F T I TESTING AND TREATMENT IS ADOPTED INTO THE BUDGET.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

DAVID KING, ITEM EIGHT.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS DAVID KING.

I'M CALLING TO PLEASE ASK YOU TO PLEASE SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED CITY OF AUSTIN BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FROM GO AUSTIN.

AUSTIN, PLEASE INVEST 500,000 FOR TENANT NOTIFICATION AND RELOCATION ASSISTANCE TO HELP LOW INCOME FAMILIES IN VOLUNTARILY DISPLACED BY REDEVELOPMENT.

INVEST $3.5 MILLION FOR FAMILY STABILIZATION GRANTS TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AT RISK OF INVOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT.

INVEST 1.25 MILLION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT TO HELP OUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS INVEST $2 MILLION FOR HEAT MITIGATION AND HEAT AND COOLING CENTERS TO HELP FAMILIES ENDURE EXTREME WEATHER.

PLEASE SUPPORT COUNCIL MEMBER VELAS SHADE STRUCTURE AMENDMENT AND COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON AL ALTER'S AMENDMENT TO WAIVE POOL FEES OUTSIDE THE BUDGET PROCESS.

PLEASE SUPPORT THESE ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS.

$800,000 FOR THE EQUITY OFFICE, $300,000 FOR CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN IMPLEMENTATION, $11.6 MILLION FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER, WILDFIRES AND CRISIS COMMUNITY CRISIS RESPONSE, 4% WAGE INCREASE FOR E M S WORKERS, $5.9 MILLION FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, $2 MILLION FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND FOOD FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, 300,000 FOR ESTATE AND PROBATE PLANNING FOR SENIORS, $1 MILLION FOR PARKS, MAINTENANCE, EQUITY, SAFETY AND RESTORATION.

AND PLEASE MOVE THE 9 1 1 SERVICE FROM A P T A P D TO AN INDEPENDENT DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING MY COMMENTS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

NOELLE DAVIS, ITEM EIGHT.

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HI, THIS IS NOELLE DAVIS.

I'M IN DISTRICT TWO AND I WANNA THANK ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAVE MADE, UH, AMENDMENTS, PROPOSED AMENDMENTS THAT ARE IN LINE WITH THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

GRATEFUL TO ALL OF YOU AND I WANNA URGE COUNCIL TO FULLY FUND THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND ALL THE PIECES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FUNDED YET, INCLUDING THE WAGE INCREASES FOR E M S, THE RESILIENCE HUBS, UM, MAKING THE NINE ONE ONE CALL CENTER INDEPENDENT OF AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THERE'S A WHOLE WONDERFUL BUDGET I KNOW COUNCIL IS FAMILIAR WITH AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLEASE FULLY FUND THAT COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

THANK YOU.

REBECCA ELIZONDO.

HI, MY NAME IS REBECCA ELIZONDO.

I'M A SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR ANY BABY CAN.

ANY BABY CAN IS A CENTRAL TEXAS NONPROFIT THAT PARTNERS WITH FAMILIES TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES AND ACHIEVE WELLBEING.

OUR AGENCY'S MAIN OFFICE IS LOCATED WITHIN DISTRICT FOUR.

HOWEVER, AS A HOME VISITING ORGANIZATION, OUR SERVICES STRETCH ACROSS ALL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY.

TODAY I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE READY FAMILIES COLLABORATIVE, WHICH INCLUDES ANY BABY CAN AUSTIN P B S AVAN CAMPFIRE, CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS JEREMIAH PROGRAM, THE LITERACY COALITION OF CENTRAL TEXAS SAFE ALLIANCE, THE WYOMING STATE OF AUSTIN, AND THE SUCCESS BY SIX COALITION.

WE ARE IN SUPPORT OF COUNCIL MEMBER'S BUDGET AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE A 20% COST OF LIVING INCREASE TO ALL EARLY CHILDHOOD CONTRACTS FOR F Y 24 AND THE UPCOMING SOLICITATION.

RAISING A FAMILY IS HARD AND EVERYONE REACHES A POINT WHERE THEY NEED HELP.

THAT'S WHERE OUR COLLABORATIVE COMES IN.

LAST YEAR, THE COLLABORATIVE SERVED OVER 2000 CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACROSS AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY UNDER THE AGE OF SIX, ALL LIVING BELOW 200% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES.

OUR SERVICES SPAN FROM PARENT EDUCATION, PRENATAL SUPPORT, EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTIONS, MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS, ADULT EDUCATION, AND MUCH MORE.

UM, OUR SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE HOME AND ALL ACROSS LOCATIONS CONVENIENT TO FAMILIES.

OUR AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH CONTRACT HAS REMAINED FLAT FUNDED SINCE 2018.

DESPITE A 30% INCREASE IN PROGRAM COST, WE ARE DOING MORE, MUCH MORE WITH LESS, AND THAT IS UNSUSTAINABLE.

WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT THE COUNCIL INCLUDE A COST OF AN INCREASE IN OUR, OUR SIX MONTH CONTRACT FOR F Y 24.

ALONG WITH, UH, 20% INCREASE TO THE UPCOMING SOLICITATION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES, WE MUST ENSURE OUR STAFF ARE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED.

UM, LAST YEAR OUR TURNOVER RATE WAS 24%, WHICH LED TO MUCH LESS STAFF DELIVERING SERVICES.

PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES WERE, UH, MET, UM, AND AN INCREASE WILL HELP US OVERCOME THE TURNOVER RATE, PROVIDE COMPETITIVE WAGES TO ATTRACT AND MAINTAIN.

THANK YOU.

YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFF.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

JESSICA ROBERTSON, ITEM EIGHT.

HI, I'M JESS ROBERTSON.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

UM, I WANTED TO THANK ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND WORK ON THE AMENDMENTS THAT THE CITY OR THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND ITS COLLABORATORS AND STAKEHOLDERS ARE BROUGHT FORWARD.

WHAT I HOPE IS THAT THERE IS STILL ROOM IN OUR HEARTS, MINDS AND IN THE CITY TO CONSIDER FULLY FUNDING THE OTHER PIECES SO THAT WE CAN MEET REAL IDENTIFIED AND IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF OUR OF AUSTINITES.

AND THAT WOULD COME FROM NOT INCREASING OUR RESERVE.

THAT IS MONEY THAT WE NEED NOW.

THAT IS MONEY THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED COULD BE PUT TO USE TO INCREASE, TO HELP, UH, INCREASE THE VALUE, EXCUSE ME, THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED.

UM, AND I ALSO SEVERELY SUPPORT MOVING 9 1 1 OUT OF A P D ALIGNING POLICE PAY WITH THE COUNCIL DIRECTION AND PULLING EXCESS CIVILIAN TRAINING POSITIONS OUT OF A P D.

UM, ANY POLICE, ANY INCREASE IN POLICE SPENDING THAT IS NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED AT THIS TIME WILL BE LIKE THROWING WATER ON A GREASE FIRE.

AND I THINK THAT A P D HAS A LOT MORE THAT THEY CAN DO INTERNALLY TO CORRECT THEIR, TO COURSE CORRECT RIGHT NOW BEFORE WE MAKE ANY MORE CONCESSIONS TO THEM THAT WE CAN'T REVERSE.

UM, SO ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS AND FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

CASSIA PRINCE, ITEM EIGHT.

HI, MY NAME IS KEISHA PRINCE.

I'M IN DISTRICT ONE.

UH, PREVIOUSLY IN DISTRICT THREE, I SUPPORT THE, UM, THINGS THAT GAVA IS, UH, PROPOSING THE TENANT NOTIFICATION AND RELOCATION.

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I WAS ALMOST DISPLACED, BUT THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CAME IN AND, UM, GAVE MONEY FOR TO RELOCATE US AFTER WE WERE DAMAGED DURING THE URI STORM.

THAT PROCESS HAD A VERY NEGATIVE EFFECT, AND IF THERE HAD BEEN FUNDS AVAILABLE, IT WOULD'VE MADE IT A LOT EASIER FOR A LOT OF FAMILIES.

THE GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAM IS VERY IMPORTANT AND IT HELPS A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT THE RELOCATION ASSISTANCE WHEN DEVELOPERS ARE COMING IN AND DISPLACING PEOPLE IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL PUT AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE 500,000 OR MORE IN THERE TO HELP PEOPLE, BUT IT'S NOT A GOOD FEELING BEING DISPLACED AND HAVING NO MONEY AND KNOWING AND GOING, BEING POTENTIALLY HOMELESS.

UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

KATINA KISSINGER, ITEM EIGHT, UH, KATINA KISSINGER FROM DISTRICT THREE.

UM, I AM CALLING IN TO OPPOSE THE CITY MANAGER'S BUDGET FOR ITEM EIGHT.

UH, I THINK IT'S RIDICULOUS THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD PUT MONEY INTO OUR RESERVES WHEN THERE ARE REAL PEOPLE WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM MONEY DIRECTLY IN, IN A REALLY IMMEDIATE WAY.

I THINK IT'S ALSO RIDICULOUS THE IDEA OF INCREASING THE POLICE BUDGET.

UM, I CHOOSE SUPPORT RELOCATING 9 1 1 AWAY FROM A AND, UH, YEAH, MAKING DECISIONS THAT SERVE THE REAL NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN INSTEAD OF, UM, YEAH, LINING OUR FOR THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

LO MUNI, ITEM EIGHT, MATE.

HI, I AM, UM, I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE AND I WORK IN DISTRICT NINE.

MY NAME IS LA UNI.

UM, I ALSO WORK WITH A J C IN DISTRICT NINE.

UM, I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO'VE MADE THE AMENDMENTS, UM, TO THE CITY BUDGET, BUT WE STILL NEED TO MAKE CHANGES TO NOT INCREASE A PT BUDGET BY 26 MILLION AND TO SUPPORT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, CRISIS ORIENTED SAFETY AND SECURITY, SEVERE WEATHER AND COMMUNITY CRISIS RESPONSE.

AND, UM, IN SUPPORT OF MOVING THE NINE ONE ONE CALL CENTER, UM, RESPONSE OUT OF A P D, WE NEED TO KEEP MAKING THE RIGHT AMENDMENTS TO BETTER SERVE THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE'RE NOT THERE YET AND NEED TO KEEP WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THERE.

THANK YOU.

VICTORIA MILLER, ITEM EIGHT.

HI, MY NAME'S VICTORIA MILLER AND I AM FROM DISTRICT FIVE.

UM, I'M SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND AGAINST INCREASING THE POLICE BUDGET AND THE BUDGET RESERVES.

UM, I HAVE SOMEONE IN MY OWN FAMILY WHO FACED ADDICTION AND INCARCERATION AND HOMELESSNESS, UH, IN THAT ORDER, AND SHE HAD A VERY HARD TIME RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN.

ONCE SHE WAS IN THE MENTAL SPACE TO GET HER LIFE ON TRACK, SHE HAD A VERY HARD TIME FINDING THE HELP THAT SHE NEEDED AS FAR AS FINDING REHAB AND A JOB AND A PLACE TO LIVE.

AND SO, UH, TO ME IT WOULD FEEL LIKE A BIT OF A SLAP IN THE FACE TO GET SUCH A HIGH PERMANENT INCREASE FOR POLICING WHEN THE ALLOCATIONS FOR SOCIAL PROGRAMS ARE SO MUCH LESS AND THERE IS SUCH A NEED FOR THOSE.

UM, ALSO JUST KNOWING THAT AUSTIN VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED THE POLICE OVERSIGHT ACT, I WOULD JUST ASK THE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO STAND BEHIND THE PEOPLE AND THE VOTERS, UM, OF THE CITY THAT YOU REPRESENT.

THANK YOU.

SOLE PRAXIS, ITEM EIGHT.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS GO.

UM, PRITZ.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT THREE.

UM, I'M A MEMBER OF THE RENTERS AND UNHOUSED NEIGHBORS ALLIANCE.

I'M CALLING TO SUPPORT EQUITY ACTIONS, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, AND AVA'S RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, SPECIFICALLY FOR THE CITY TO PUT 500,000 IN THE TENANT RELOCATION FUND FOR RENTERS WHO ARE DISPLACED BY DEVELOPERS.

WHEN THE NEIGHBORS AT OLD HOMESTEAD DEMANDED THAT JOURNEYMAN GROUP DEVELOPER DISPLACING THEM, GIVE THEM COMPENSATION TO AVOID HOMELESSNESS, THE CORPORATE REPS TOLD THEM TO APPLY FOR THE CITY'S TENANT RELOCATION FUND.

OF COURSE, THE CITY HAD CREATED A FUND WITHOUT A FUNDING MECHANISM, SO THE RENTERS HAD TO FIGHT FOR COMPENSATION FIRST.

THE DEVELOPER SAID A THOUSAND PER HOUSEHOLD WAS FAIR, AND SOME CITY STAFF TOLD THE RENTERS TO ACCEPT THE OFFER.

SO WHILE DEALING WITH SEVERE STRESS FROM THE DISPLACEMENT THAT CAUSED ONE ELDERLY IMMIGRANT RENTER TO PLUNGE INTO A DEPRESSION, THE NEIGHBORS ORGANIZED TO DEMAND FAIR HOUSING AND OR FAIR COMPENSATION.

TO BE HONEST, WE SHOULDN'T BE DISPLACING PEOPLE, PERIOD.

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CITY SHOULD HAVE COLLABORATED WITH A NONPROFIT TO BUY THE PROPERTY AND KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES.

HOWEVER, SINCE THE CITY COUNCIL SEEMS TO BE BENT ON FACILITATING THE DISPLACEMENT OF WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF COLOR, THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO STAY IN THE CITY WITH SOME COMPENSATION.

AND GIVEN THE TRACK RECORD OF FOR-PROFIT DEVELOPERS, THE CITY NEEDS TO FUND $500,000 UP FRONT UP UPFRONT, RATHER THAN PUT RENTERS IN THE POSITION OF WAITING FOR THE DEVELOPERS TO ADD FUNDS.

UM, I ALSO WORK IN THE STREETS AND THE IMPACT OF HAVING NO RENTAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES AND TOO LITTLE ACCESS TO RESILIENCE HUBS FOR SO LONG HAS BEEN DEATHS, HOMELESSNESS AND FAMILY SEPARATION.

ONE FAMILY WHO LIVED IN MUELLER FLATS HAD NO HELP BEING BEHIND ON RENT AND LIVING IN MOLD INFESTED CONDITIONS THAT SHOULD HAVE CAUSED THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY TO OWE THEM RENT, BUT THEY WERE EVICTED WITH DEBT OWED TO THE PROPERTY.

UNFORTUNATELY, THEY GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME RIGHT BEFORE THE EVICTION AND WE CONTACTED EVERY LOCAL NONPROFIT AND AGENCY AND THEIR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, UM, AND OTHER CITY COUNCIL AFTER WE WENT TO FOUNDATION COMMUNITY, THEY WERE TOLD ALL THAT WAS AVAILABLE, UM, WAS HELP FOR THEM TO LEARN TO BUDGET THEIR FINANCES.

I FUNDRAISED FOR A SHORT TIME SO THEY COULD HAVE A HOTEL THROUGH MUTUAL AID, BUT IT'S LIKE, UM, THEY WERE POSSIBLY GONNA GET HOUSING OR SHELTER.

UM, HOWEVER, THE LIST WERE TOO LONG AT FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, HAKA AND OTHER PUBLIC HOUSING.

SO THIS COUPLE, THEIR KIDS AND THEIR DOGS WENT TO THE STREET.

THEY WERE IN BRUTAL HEAT FOR A WEEK.

UM, THEY WOULD COME GET SHOWERS AT COMMUNITY MEMBER HOME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND, UH, ONCE, WHEN THEY WERE DOING THAT, THANK YOU.

THEIR DOG DIED FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION.

ANTHONY DELINO OUT OF EIGHT.

GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MAYOR.

UH, I'M SPEAKING TODAY AS A CONCERNED CITIZEN AGAINST THE CITY MANAGER'S ORIGINAL PROPOSED BUDGET AND IN FAVOR OF THE C I B AND SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED RECENTLY BY, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I'M URGING CITY COUNCIL TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITY, UH, SUCH AS HEALTHCARE AND HOUSING FOR ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

UH, AS WELL AS NOT ALLOWING POLICE TO SKIRT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OVERSIGHT THAT WAS, UH, VOTED ON BY THE COMMUNITY, UM, BY ABSORBING JOBS AND INFLATING THEIR BUDGET, BUT INSTEAD USING THOSE FUNDS TO BOLSTER MORE APPROPRIATE AND SAFER CRISIS INTERVENTION METHODS, INCLUDING PARAMEDICS AND MCO.

UH, AS WELL, THE FUNDING SHOULD BE USED FOR INCREASED CASE MANAGEMENT AND HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES THAT WOULD PREVENT MANY OF THESE EMERGENCIES AND CRISES BEFORE THEY HAPPEN.

UM, ADDITIONALLY I'D JUST LIKE TO, UH, HIGHLIGHT TWO AMENDMENTS THAT WERE PROPOSED BY, UH, MY DISTRICT'S CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE NATASHA HARPER MADISON, UH, SPECIFICALLY HER AMENDMENT, UH, TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, UH, AS WELL AS THE MOBILE COURT PILOT PROPOSAL FOR THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT, WHICH AIMS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO CASE MANAGERS AND PREVENT OUR UNHOUSED NEIGHBORS FROM ENTERING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

THESE AMENDMENTS DIRECTLY REFLECT THE VALUES OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THEY, UH, WOULD PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED SERVICES THAT WOULD INCREASE THE, THE WELLBEING OF OUR COMMUNITY AND MAKE EVERYBODY SAFER AND HAPPIER.

THANK YOU, MAYOR GUMBO, VERAS.

HEY, GOOD MORNING MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, MR. GARZA.

MY NAME IS MAYOR OR I USE THEY THEM PRONOUNS.

I'M A MEMBER OF AUSTIN D S AME 1624, A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT THREE, AND I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF MYSELF AGAINST ITEM.

UH, I'M DISAPPOINTED I CAN'T JOIN Y'ALL ON THE CHAMBERS TODAY, BUT I'M EVEN MORE DISAPPOINTED THAT WE KEEP DOING THIS SONG AND DANCE AND IT KIND OF FEELS LIKE THE COMMUNITY'S STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD AT THIS POINT.

CALLING AND DEMANDING AN END TO AUSTERITY IN THE CITY BUDGET WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY MORE PRESSING ISSUES AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO BE PINCHING PENNIES IN THE COMMUNITY.

INVESTMENT BUDGET AD'S, HISTORY OF POLICE BRUTALITY HAS COST US TAXPAYERS OVER $73 MILLION, BUT YOU WANT TO INFLATE THEIR BUDGET BY ANOTHER 32, WHICH IS MONEY WE CAN NEVER GET BACK FOR DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL PROGRAMS. YOU TALK ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY, THEN YOU WANNA MOVE $39 MILLION TO THE GENERAL FUND RESERVES, BUT WE SHOULD BE SPENDING THAT ON 7.8 MILLION FOR TENANT STABILIZATION.

1.3 ON FAMILY STABILIZATION GRANTS ON DRINK SPIKING TEST KITS AND S T I TESTING ON HOMELESS SERVICES AND PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING ON SHELTERED BUS STOPS AND HEATING AND COOLING SHELTERS DURING EXTREME TEMPERATURE.

THAT IS PUBLIC SAFETY.

AND YOU WANNA SPEND ANOTHER 7 MILLION ON A DOWN PAYMENT FOR AN INACCESSIBLE BUILDING OFF A BUSY HIGHWAY THAT NO ONE ASKED FOR.

JUST SO YOU CAN FORCE CITY EMPLOYEES BACK TO THE OFFICE RIGHT BEFORE TEX DOT BLOWS UP 35 FOR THE EXPANSION PROJECT.

THAT'S NOT EVEN PUBLIC SAFETY, THAT'S JUST A WASTE OF MONEY.

YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON IMPROVING THE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PACKAGE WITH ADDED PERSONAL HOLIDAYS AND A BETTER COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT.

PLEASE STOP BEING ANTI-WORKER.

PLEASE STOP BEING ANTI HOMELESS.

PLEASE STOP BEING AUSTE, START FUNDING REAL NECESSITIES, REAL PUBLIC SAFETY AND REAL PROGRESS.

THANK YOU AND GOOD DAY.

I YIELD MY TIME.

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FRANK NESTOR, ITEM EIGHT.

HI, MY NAME'S FRANK LAB, PROUD DISTRICT ONE MEMBER OF D S A HOMEOWNER AND, UH, UNION MEMBER.

AND I'M ALSO CALLING TO MENTION THAT THESE, UH, BUDGET PROPOSALS THAT, UH, INVOLVE THROWING MONEY INTO A GENERAL FUND, THROWING MONEY INTO THE POLICE OR IGNORING, UH, THINGS LIKE RENT STABILIZATION AND HOUSING STABILIZATION AND AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE.

THIS ALL SEEMS LIKE THE KIND OF BUDGET THAT YOU PUT TOGETHER AT THE STATE.

IT SEEMS LIKE THE KIND OF BUDGET THAT GREG ABBOTT WOULD PUT TOGETHER.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S WHERE YOUR EXPERIENCE MOST RECENTLY HAS BEEN FROM, BUT WE NEED TO IMPROVE.

THAT'S NOT THE KIND OF BUDGET WE WANNA RUN.

EVERY TIME WE THROW MONEY INTO GENERAL FUNDS THAT IT, UH, TAKES, IT TAKES THEM AWAY FROM CITY SERVICES.

EVERY TIME WE THROW MONEY INTO POLICING, IT TAKES MONEY AWAY FROM CITY SERVICES POLICE THAT HAVE ONCE AGAIN SHOT A CHILD POLICE THAT HAVE ONCE AGAIN PLEDGED TO NOT USE, UH, WHEN THEY KEEP USING THEM, PLEASE SET UP ONCE AGAIN RATED THE WRONG HOUSE.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO TO CHANGE.

RIGHT NOW IN THIS MEETING, I WANNA THANK THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT FOLLOW THE, UH, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BOND, UH, BUDGET.

AND UH, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE IN PASSIVE AMENDMENTS.

THANK YOU.

JACKIE GOODMAN, ITEM 15.

THANK YOU, YOU MAYOR, MAYOR PROM, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I'M JACKIE GOODMAN SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF TWO BUDGET AREAS ON ITEM EIGHT, SUPPORTING COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES.

ITEM 15, I SUPPORT A FULLY FUNDED AND STAFF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, SO I HOPE THAT'S REALITY THIS YEAR.

THERE'S A GREAT DEAL TO DO.

THE CITY CHARTER MANDATES ONGOING PLANNING WITH A MASTER PLAN INITIATIVE THAT'S REVISITED NO LONGER THAN A 10, 10 YEAR SPAN AND WE'RE AT THE END OF THAT TIMEFRAME.

IT REQUIRES COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN CRITICAL STAFF SUPPORT THAT INCLUSION HASN'T HAPPENED IN A VERY LONG TIME AND IT'S GENERATED POLARIZATION AND AN UNINFORMED GENERAL PUBLIC.

WE ARE STILL THOUGH A CITY OF PROBLEM SOLVERS WITH EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE, LONG UNWELCOME AND UNTAPPED.

SO WE NEED TO USE THIS INITIATIVE NOT ONLY TO WORK OUT A SUSTAINABLE LIVABLE URBAN FUTURE, BUT TO PUT COUNTERPRODUCTIVE INTERACTION AND NAME CALLING BEHIND US.

WE ACTUALLY ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

WE NEED RESPECT THAT AND RESPECT EACH OTHER.

SECOND, I HOPE THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT ALL OF AVA'S RECOMMENDATIONS TO YOU, INCLUDING THE FAMILY STABILIZATION FUND.

IT'S A DIRECT APPLICATION OF ACTUALLY A VERY SMALL GRANT THAT'S SO VALUABLE TO LOWER INCOME ECONOMIC PRESSURE.

THEN THIRD, THANKS TO ALL THE CO-SPONSORS ON COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES.

ITEM NUMBER 15, THIS IS THE ARMADILLO PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ARMADILLO ROAD WATER TOWER MURAL PROJECT, FOCUSING ON THE SYMBOL AND CONNECTION TO THE LEGENDARY VENUES, THE JI MUSICIANS AND MUSIC ARTISTS AND ART OF A BREAKOUT RENAISSANCE.

THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY IS WAS HERE WHERE MINNIE CALLED HOME IN OLD BAR SOUTH AUSTIN.

SO I'M ASKING YOU THAT FROM MAYOR.

MAYOR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IT'S GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR EMAIL AS WELL.

JAKE WEBER, ITEM 17.

JAKE WEBER, COULD YOU PLEASE UNMUTE? SORRY IF I TOLD YOU TO HITCH JORDAN MIDDLEBROOKS SPEAKING ON ITEM 14 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, AND 21.

HI THERE, MY NAME'S JORDAN MIDDLEBROOKS.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT FOUR.

I'M CALLING IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND I WANTED TO THANK THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAVE ALREADY FILED AMENDMENTS TO FUND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES ALIGNED TO THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET LIKE COUNCIL MEMBERS, HARPER MADISON, FUENTES VELA, BRIAN ER, ALLISON LER AND BILL QUADRI.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE IMPROVEMENTS, HOWEVER, THEY'RE STILL NOT ENOUGH AND I'M ASKING YOU ALL TO PLEASE SPONSOR, FUND, AND TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT MOVING THE NINE ONE ONE CALL CENTER OUT OF A P D TO SUPPORT SEVERE WEATHER AND COMMUNITY CRISIS RESPONSE, WHICH HAS BEEN INCREASING EVERY YEAR, UM, TO SUPPORT CRISIS ORIENTED SAFETY AND SECURITY AND

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR BLACK, INDIGENOUS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR IN AUSTIN, AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL HISTORIES.

I'M ALSO ASKING FOR THERE TO BE NO INCREASE TO THE POLICE BUDGET AS THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN NEVER UNDO.

AND I'M ASKING THAT WE MAINTAIN THE 14% GOING INTO THE RESERVE INSTEAD OF INCREASING IT TO 17% IF WE'RE WILLING TO DECREASE THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN'S, ESPECIALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, LIKELIHOOD OF SURVIVAL AND ABILITY TO THRIVE IN AUSTIN LONG TERM BY DEFUNDING PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES ALIGNED WITH THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET OR NOT PUTTING THE PEOPLE'S BEST INTERESTS FIRST.

SO IN SUMMARY, I'M ASKING YOU TO PLEASE FUND THESE PROGRAMS PROPOSED BY THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET TO NOT INCREASE THE POLICE BUDGET AND TO NOT INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE THAT WE'RE PUTTING INTO RESERVES SO THAT WE CAN FUND AND KEEP SUPPORTING THE THRIVING PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE TO SUPPORT OUR OUR CITY.

THANK YOU.

AND I WAIVE THE REST OF MY TIME.

JAKE WEBER, ITEM 17.

JAKE, ARE YOU THERE? COULD YOU PLEASE UNMUTE? MAYOR, THAT CONCLUDES ALL THE REMOTE SPEAKERS THAT WE HAVE.

SO I CAN GO AHEAD AND TRANSITION BACK TO IN PERSON IF YOU'D LIKE.

THANK YOU.

PLEASE, SINCE THE INTERPRETER IS STILL HERE, I WANNA GIVE ONE MORE CHANCE TO THE TWO OTHER SPANISH SPEAKERS THAT SIGNED UP.

JUDITH DIAZ, MARY LOU FUSO, STAN, JUDITH DIAZ, MARY LOU FRUCTO FUSO.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

ROBERT LILY, ITEM ONE, FOLLOWED BY PAUL ROBBINS.

PLEASE COME TO THE FRONT OF YOUR NAME'S CALLED GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MAYOR AND IT'S ALL GUS BODY.

ONCE AGAIN, I COME BEFORE YOU TO MAKE MY SENTIMENTS KNOWN.

I'M WITH GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP, TEXAS ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE, AND I'M A FORMERLY INCARCERATED PERSON WHO IS NOW TRANSITIONING BACK INTO SOCIETY AND MAKING THE BEST GOAL OF THAT THAT I POSSIBLY CAN.

WITH THE HELP OF MY ORGANIZATION AND THE PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT ME IN THIS COMMUNITY, I WANT TO THANK THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAVE THUS FAR MADE AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE REFLECT A SENSITIVITY TO THE POPULATION AND TO THE INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN EXPRESSED IN THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

I WANT TO AGAIN THANK YOU FOR SHOWING COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE AND DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO SUPPORT OR ADVOCATE FOR THEMSELVES.

WITH THAT SAID, I WOULD JUST WANT TO QUICKLY STATE THAT COMING FROM NEW YORK CITY BORN IN THE 1970S, I WAS VERY TAKEN ABACK BY THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH I WAS FORCED TO LIVE.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHY MY COMMUNITY LOOKED AS RAVAGED AS IT DID.

I LEARNED LATER THAT THERE WAS ONE GENTLEMAN THAT HO JESUS GARZA REMINDS ME OF, AND HIS NAME IS ROBERT MOSES.

ROBERT MOSES WANTED TO INVEST IN PROPERTY, WANTED TO INVEST IN PROJECTS, AND DID NOT INVEST IN THE PEOPLE.

AS A RESULT OF THAT, I GREW UP IN A COMMUNITY THAT LOOKED LIKE BEIRUT LEBANON.

I URGE YOU FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS TO LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO SHOW INTEREST IN THE PEOPLE INVEST IN THOSE ELEMENTS OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN FUNDED AND DO NOT, I URGE YOU DO NOT GIVE ANY MORE FUNDING TO THE POLICE.

THE POLICE ONLY RESPOND AFTER CRIME.

IT IS CONDITIONS AND POVERTY AND CIRCUMSTANCES AND POLICY THAT CREATES THOSE VERY CONDITIONS OF POVERTY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

PAUL ROBBINS, ITEM FOUR, FOLLOWED BY PHYLLIS EVERETT AND JEN RAMOS, AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE COME DOWN, EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT THE THE ONE THAT'S SPEAKING, PLEASE COME DOWN AND TAKE ONE OF THESE SEATS UP FRONT SO THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO MOVE, UM, AND OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT FOLLOW YOU AS SPEAKERS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO MOVE, UM, MORE EFFICIENTLY.

THANK YOU AND THANK YOU MR. ROBS FOR WAITING WHILE I SAID THAT MAYOR AND COUNSEL, UH, THOUGH THE SUMMER STATISTICS FOR AUSTIN ENERGY ARE NOT COMPLETE, IT IS LIKELY THAT DUE TO THE INCREASE IN ELECTRIC RATES AND BRUTALLY HOT RECORD, HOT SUMMER, MANY AUSTINITES MAY SEE THE HIGHEST ELECTRIC BILLS, AT LEAST IN NOMINAL DOLLARS IN THE CITY'S HISTORY.

I HAVE TWO SUGGESTIONS FOR RATE RELIEF.

THE FIRST IS TO THE EXTENT LEGALLY POSSIBLE STOP PAYING FRANCHISE FEES

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TO WEALTHY CITIES OUT OF SIGHT OF AUSTIN THAT DO NOT NEED THEM.

UH, SECOND, IF THERE IS A SURPLUS OF REVENUE OVER WHAT IS ANTICIPATED, GIVE HALF OF IT BACK TO RATE PAYERS IN THE FORM OF RELIEF.

I AM ALSO HERE TO ASK AGAIN FOR A COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT OF THE CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH HAS EXPERIENCED REPEATED PROBLEMS SINCE IT WAS CHANGED IN 2013.

RECENTLY YOU RECEIVED A GLOWING LETTER FROM AUSTIN ENERGY SINGING ABOUT THE DRAMATIC INCREASES IN PARTICIPATION DUE TO CHANGES IN THE COMPUTERIZED ENROLLMENT.

AT THE SAME TIME, I GOT CONTACTED BY A FRIEND OF MINE CAUGHT UP IN THE NEW ENROLLMENT ASKING ME WHY ON EARTH SHE WAS ENROLLED.

AND IT TOOK HER A LONG BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS TO GET UNENROLLED.

THIS IS THE SECOND PERSON WHO HAS CONTACTED ME, UH, TELLING ME ABOUT THIS KIND OF SITUATION.

AND THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

THE PROGRAM IS NOT TRANSPARENT.

THE PEOPLE RUNNING THE PROGRAM ARE COMPLACENT AND IT NEEDS AN AUDIT.

UH, I'M OUT OF TIME.

I APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION.

THANK YOU, MR. ROBS PHYLLIS EVERETT AND THEN JEN RAMOS.

PHYLLIS EVERETT SAFFRON TRUST WOMEN'S FOUNDATION.

I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF SUPPORT OF COUNCIL WOMEN'S FUENTES FAMILY STABILIZATION PROGRAM UP TOGETHER, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN WORKING FOR OVER TWO DECADES TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY BY PARTNERING WITH GOVERNMENTS, PHILANTHROPY, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS.

THEIR APPROACH IS UNIQUE AND REVOLUTIONARY.

THE DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT HAS BEEN A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE STRATEGY FOR SAFFRON TRUST, WHOSE AIM IS TO CYCLE FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY.

THE INTERSECTION OF FINANCIAL STRESS AND HEALTH OUTCOMES IS A CRITICAL AREA OF CONCERN, PARTICULARLY AMONG, AMONG BLACK WOMEN IN AUSTIN.

THIS PROPOSAL SEEKS TO EXPLORE THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN FINANCIAL STRESS, THE AESTHETIC LOAD, AND THE NEGATIVE HEALTH OUTCOMES TO FAMILIES THAT WE SERVE.

THE PROPOSAL WILL ALLOW US TO INVESTIGATE THE FAMILIES.

THE THE PROPOSAL WILL ALLOW US TO INVESTIGATE THE FAMILY'S GRANTED FINANCIAL RELIEF.

WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE IMPACT OF THE FINANCIAL STRESS ON THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH CREATED CHRONIC STRESS KNOWN AS THE AESTHETIC LOAD.

WE AIM TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC STRESSES CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ISSUE AND DEVELOPING TO TARGETING INTERVENTIONS TO ALLEVIATE THEM.

OVER THE LAST YEAR, THE WOMEN WHO HAVE ENROLLED IN THE 2022 AND THE 2023 DIVERSION PROGRAM WITH FUNDS FROM UP TOGETHER AND THE CITY HAVE EMBRACED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, ATTENDED FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMS, CHANGED FOOD PATTERNS AND EATING PRACTICES, EMBRACED ARTS CULTURE, AND HAVE A STRONG DESIRE TO HAVE A, TO HAVE A MORE OF A LIFE OUTCOME.

UP TOGETHER HOLDS THE BLUEPRINT TO REDUCING POVERTY IN AUSTIN THROUGH ITS UNIQUE APPROACH TO POVERTY ALLEVIATION.

BY FOCUSING ON THESE THREE, UM, DEMOGRAPHICS, WHICH ARE UNDERPRIVILEGED FAMILIES, COMMUN COMMUNITIES LACKING ACCESS TO BASIC HEALTHCARE AND INDIVIDUALS WHO LACK RESOURCES OR KNOWLEDGE FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UP TOGETHER IS ABLE TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF POVERTY IN A COMPREHENSIVE MANNER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU JEN RAMOS.

MAYOR, WE JUST RECEIVED WORD THAT THERE ARE SPANISH SPEAKERS THAT HAVE ARRIVED.

SO IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'M GONNA ASK THE INTERPRETER, COME BACK TO THE PODIUM AND THEN I BELIEVE JUDITH DIAZ AND MARY LOU FUSO ARE HERE.

PLEASE COME ON DOWN.

ES JOSE.

MIGUEL QUEZ.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS JULIE PAZ.

I BELONG TO DISTRICT NUMBER THREE AND MY REPRESENTATIVE IS JOSE MIGUEL, AN VELASQUEZ THANKS TO EACH ONE OF YOU HERE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY GIVEN TO ME REPRESE.

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I'M HERE REPRESENTING MY COMMUNITY AND PARTICULARLY THE ORGANIZATION.

MISMA, WHICH STANDS FOR IN SPANISH, STANDS FOR WOMEN INSPIRED BY DREAMS, GOALS, AND ACTIONS, WHICH IS BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF WOMEN, DOMESTIC WORKERS WHO ARE EMPOWERED WITH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT LABOR RIGHTS, THE FAMILY STABILIZATION.

I AM HERE WITH THE SO MISSION OF MAKING YOU AWARE OF THE IMPORTANT HARD WORK YOU'RE DOING BY SUPPORTING THE FAMILY STABILIZATION PROGRAM AND ALSO FOR ITS CONTINUITY, WHICH WAS, WHICH HAS HAD A GREAT IMPACT IN MY COMMUNITY.

ONE OF THEM IS MISMA, WHO WAS A CHANNEL TO CAREFULLY CHOOSE MEMBERS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE IN FINANCIAL STRESS.

AND THANKS TO THIS FUND WE WERE ABLE TO SOLVE WITH THE NEEDS ALREADY MENTIONED.

AND AS YOU CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IT, THE PILLAR OF OUR COMMUNITY GROWTH STRONGER, UH, WE KNOW THAT THIS BUDGET CONCERNS EACH ONE OF US, BUT THERE'S ONE THING I WISH YOU WOULD NOT FORGET, AND THAT'S THE IMPACT THAT THEY'RE HAVING ON EVERYONE.

SO I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS, UH, GENTLEMEN.

MAY WE MAY, THE GREAT MISSION THAT FALLS UNTO EACH OF YOU WHO ARE SEATED HERE CONTINUE, AND THAT IS TO EXERCISE THE LAW AND THE WELLBEING OF THE PEOPLE WHO ENTRUSTED YOU WITH YOUR, WITH THEIR VOTE.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS MARISO.

I ALWAYS REPRESENT MISMA AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT NUMBER TWO, VANESSA FUENTES.

I'M HERE TO SUPPORT WHAT MY FRIEND JUST SAID, BUT ALSO TO SUPPORT THE UH, AMENDMENT PROPOSED BY, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER VANESSA FUENTES TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY STABILIZATION PROGRAM.

I'M HERE TO ASK TODAY THAT YOU HEAR THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY AND ALL THAT, ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT.

PADO, YOU HAVE HEARD FROM OTHERS, FROM OTHER MEMBERS THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS HAD IMPACT SUCH AS BEING ABLE TO KEEP A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS AND FOOD ON OUR TABLES.

WE NEED THAT THIS, UH, FAMILY STABILIZATION TO CONTINUE AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE BEING A CITY THAT IS KNOWN FOR BEING INNOVATIVE, PROGRESSIVE, AND CLEAN.

SO THANKS EVERYONE.

UH, ALL OF

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YOU THAT ARE HERE IN THE NAME OF THE AUSTIN TEXAS COMMUNITY, AND AGAIN, I WANNA THANK VA VANESSA FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

THANK YOU SIUS.

THANK YOU.

AS THE MAYOR MENTIONED, I'M GONNA CALL SEVERAL NAMES.

WHEN YOUR NAME IS CALLED, PLEASE COME DOWN AND TAKE A SEAT IN ONE OF THE SEATS IN THE FRONT AND HEAD UP TO THE PODIUM.

JEN RAMOS, ROBERT CORBIN, SABRINA FULLER.

IF YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED, PLEASE COME ON DOWN.

PLEASE COME FORWARD AND JUST STATE YOUR NAME.

SABRINA FULLER.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS SABRINA.

CAN I START? YES.

MY NAME IS SABRINA FULLER AND MY FAMILY ARE RESIDENTS OF DISTRICT NINE.

I'M HERE AND SPEAK OF SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET PROPOSED BY EQUITY ACTION AND URGE YOU NOT TO SACRIFICE VITAL COMMUNITY SERVICES BY PUMPING MORE AND MORE MONEY INTO THE ALREADY OVERINFLATED A P D BUDGET AND GENERAL RESERVES FUND.

I AM CURRENTLY DISABLED, UM, AND IF I WERE TO CALL 9 1 1 RIGHT NOW, I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN I WOULD RECEIVE HELP.

THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

WHAT IS EVEN WORSE IS THE COST OF DIVERTING FUNDING AWAY FROM PUBLIC SERVICES TO FUND 32 MORE MILLION DOLLARS OF POLICE SPENDING AND THE ALREADY $73 MILLION THE POLICE THAT POLICE MISCONDUCT HAS ALREADY COST AUSTIN.

THERE IS IRREPARABLE HARM TO MY COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHOSE VARIOUS EXISTENCE IS CRIMINALIZED BY NOT FUNDING NEEDED SERVICES.

INSTEAD OF INVESTING IN THESE CURRENT SERVICES, AUSTIN HAS CONSISTENTLY CONTINUED TO WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON INEFFECTIVE AND DANGEROUS POLICING.

SO I ASK YOU, DO YOU TRULY REPRESENT THE AUSTIN PEOPLE OR ARE YOU COMPLICIT IN THE GENOCIDE OF MY MOST VULNERABLE NEIGHBORS? THANK YOU.

ROBERT CORBIN, AIS HASSAR, DANIELLA SILVA.

GOOD MORNING.

EQUITY ACTION.

A T X PUT OUT PAGES OF TALKING POINTS ABOUT MOSTLY GOOD IDEAS, BUT OMIT THE GOOD IDEA OF INCREASING APDS BUDGET.

EQUITY ACTION AND COUNCIL CAN GET MONIES FOR ALL GOOD IDEAS BY ONE, ELIMINATE OUR CITY'S UNFAIR TAXING POLICY THAT REWARDS HALVES AND INSULTS HAVE-NOTS SUBSIDIZES RICHER AND SCREWS POOR.

THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION ALLOWANCE HAVE-NOTS ARE STRUGGLING.

RENTERS WHO PAY THAT PORTION OF THEIR LANDLORD'S TAXES FROM WHICH PRIVILEGED HALVES HOMEOWNERS ARE EXEMPTED.

A GRAVE INJUSTICE.

TWO, ELIMINATE ANIMAL SERVICES, COSTLY, DESTRUCTIVE, PRO KILL, NO KILL POLICIES.

EQUITY ACTION DECLARES A BIZARRE DESIRE TO MAKE SURE WE REMAIN A NO KILL CITY.

TO IMPROVE EQUITY, ONE WOULD PRESUME HOGWASH NO KILL DOES NOTHING FOR IMPROVING EQUITY UNLESS YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE INCREASING STOCK EQUITY OF SHAREHOLDERS IN AMERICA'S PET INDUSTRIES WHO APPRECIATIVELY GIVE BACK BY AUTHORING AND FINANCING NO KILL AND OTHER PRO DOG LEGISLATION.

TAKING OUR CITY, OUR PARKS, OUR WATERS, THE WORLD'S POOREST AND THE PLANET OFF THE CLIFF.

EQUITY ACTION SHOULD GET UPSET THAT BY MY ESTIMATES WITHIN AUSTIN, 20 TO $40 MILLION EACH YEAR IS SPENT TO SAVE DOGS WHO THEN GET FED BY COMPETING WITH THE WORLD'S POOREST PEOPLES FOR THE CHOICES CHOPS, WHICH DRIVES UP COST, HUNGER, MALNUTRITION, AND BURDENS, THE PLANT IS POOREST.

ADD TO THAT THE BURNING OF RAINFOREST LANDS IN THEIR ANIMAL INHABITANTS.

MEGA DEATH.

I ONCE READ THAT 20% OF ALL MEAT RAISED IS FED TO OTHER ANIMALS.

NO KILL IS WAGING WAR AGAINST THE POOREST AND MOST VULNERABLE EQUITY ACTION SHOULD WISE UP AND WAKE UP.

DEMAND THAT A AUSTIN'S NO KILL POLICY BE KILLED.

RECOGNIZE THE REAL GREEDY GORILLAS IN THE ROOM AND IT IS NOT OUR POLICE PROTECTORS.

THANK YOU AZAR.

DANIELLA SILVA.

KATHLEEN MITCHELL, PLEASE COME DOWN AND STATE YOUR NAME AT THE PODIUM.

GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MAYOR, CITY MANAGER.

MY NAME IS DANIELLA SILVA.

MY PRONOUNS ARE SHE, THEY, AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT THREE.

I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAVE WORKED SO DILIGENTLY TO DO THE HEAVY LIFT OF ADVOCATING FOR THE VARIOUS COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY GET FUNDED TO THEIR HIGHEST EXTENT.

I KNOW THAT THIS WAS NOT AN EASY LIFT AND I JUST WANT TO BEGIN WITH GRATITUDE.

THAT BEING SAID, THIS BUDGET POSES A STARK CONTRADICTION.

IT ALLEGES A NEED TO INCREASE THE CITY'S FINANCIAL FLEXIBILITY THROUGH THE RESERVE FUND AT THE SAME TIME THAT IT PROPOSES A LARGE INCREASE TO THE POLICE BUDGET, WHICH CAN

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NEVER BE REVERSED DUE TO STATE LAW THAT WOULD DECREASE THE CITY'S FINANCIAL FLEXIBILITY.

SO, WHICH IS IT? BECAUSE THE MATH ISN'T MAPPING THERE.

WHILE I'M INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR THE AMENDMENTS THAT VARIOUS COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE PROPOSED, GOLD STARS WERE SYMBOLICALLY GIVEN OUT FOR CUTTING THE FUNDING AMOUNT OF THEIR AMENDMENTS FROM THE BEGINNING.

MANY AMENDMENTS DIDN'T EVEN MAKE IT INTO THE BUDGET VIA BASELINE OR AMENDMENT.

UM, INCLUDING AN INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR PARENT SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, FUNDING FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING SERVICES AND COMMUNITY-LED INCLEMENT WEATHER RESPONSE.

THESE ARE THINGS, THESE ARE EMERGENCIES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED TODAY, NOT NEXT YEAR WHEN MAYBE THERE'S ANOTHER EMERGENCY OR THE YEAR AFTER THAT.

PEOPLE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF SUPPORT NOW.

SO HOW CAN WE BE ADVOCATING FOR SQUIRRELING AWAY $40 MILLION WHEN AT LEAST $12 MILLION IN COMMUNITY NEEDS REMAIN COMPLETELY UNADDRESSED? IT IS IMPERATIVE TO LOWER THE PERCENTAGE THAT IS SET ASIDE IN RESERVES TO 16 AT THE VERY MOST TO FUND WHAT REMAINS UNFUNDED.

AND THAT BEING SAID, THESE ITEMS MUST BE ADDRESSED TODAY, NOT IN SIX MONTHS, NOT IN A MID-YEAR PROCESS.

THESE ITEMS TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS A CONTINUITY IN FUNDING AND A CONTINUITY IN SERVICES MUST BE FUNDED TODAY.

WE, THE COMMUNITY WANT TO GIVE YOU A GOLD STAR AND YOU HAVE TO EARN IT.

THANK YOU.

KATHLEEN MITCHELL CORBY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CORBY GASTRO.

PAM MERI.

HI.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I'M KATHY MITCHELL WITH EQUITY ACTION.

SO I GUESS YOU'RE HEARING FROM US ALL AT ONCE.

UM, I WANT TO SPEAK TO A COUPLE OF PROCESS ISSUES.

UH, AND I'LL BE BRIEF.

THIS BUDGET PROCESS HAS BEEN UNIQUELY DIFFICULT BECAUSE VERY LITTLE HAS BEEN HEARD FROM THE DEPARTMENTS.

UH, BECAUSE FROM THE BEGINNING THIS WAS SORT OF LAID OUT AS A NO GROWTH DEPARTMENTAL PROCESS.

UH, YOU ALL KNOW THAT.

UM, I WANNA GIVE AN EXAMPLE.

THE DEPARTMENTS WERE TALKING ABOUT THEIR NEEDS, UH, BEFORE A CERTAIN POINT WHEN THEY STOPPED.

AND I WAS AT A COMMUNITY MEETING WHERE, UH, LIBRARY FOLKS, PROBABLY NOT THE DIRECTOR, KIND OF OPENLY SPOKE ABOUT THE RIDICULOUS WAIT TIMES FOR EBOOKS OUR CHILDREN.

AND IF YOU'VE MET ANY OF ALL OF OUR CHILDREN, YOU KNOW, THEY READ ON DEVICES.

I ACTUALLY HAVE STARTED READING ON DEVICES.

MY HUSBAND ONLY READS ON DEVICES.

PEOPLE ARE WAITING WEEKS AND MONTHS FOR A BOOK LICENSE.

THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT IS SIMPLE TO SOLVE.

IS IT GREAT THAT THE CURRENT ECONOMY OF BOOKS REQUIRES LIBRARIES TO PAY FOR EBOOK LICENSES? NO, I DON'T AGREE WITH THAT GENERAL ECONOMIC FOUNDATION.

BUT DO I THINK THAT OUR LIBRARIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY ENOUGH LICENSES SO THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT WAITING WEEKS AND MONTHS AND PARENTS ARE NOT HAVING TO FIND ALTERNATIVES FOR BOOKS THAT THEIR CHILDREN NEED TO READ? NO.

WE CAN SOLVE THAT.

WE CAN SOLVE THAT TODAY.

THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS CUT FROM THE BEGINNING.

WE PUT A MILLION, HAVING HEARD THAT 2 MILLION WOULD BE BETTER.

WE PUT A MILLION AFTER DUE CONSIDERATION TO ALL THE OTHER UNMET NEEDS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

AND THEN WE BROUGHT IT TO YOU AND SAID, THIS IS THE KIND OF THING YOU SHOULD BE FUNDING.

THANK YOU.

WE NEED TO, WE NEED TO STOP THE PROCESS WHERE IT IS RIGHT NOW.

MR. MR. MAYOR, IF I MAY AND RECONSIDER, CAN WE ALLOW HER TO COMPLETE HER STATEMENT PLEASE? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MA'AM.

WE BELIEVE THAT WHERE THIS BUDGET IS THIS MORNING, THERE ARE EVEN MORE UNMET NEEDS THAN THERE WERE LAST NIGHT.

AND THAT YOU ALL NEED TO TAKE A PAUSE.

AND THE VERY BEST STARTING POINT FOR THAT PAUSE IS TO GO BACK TO THAT RESERVE FUND CONVERSATION THAT WAS NEVER HAD.

REDUCE THAT RESERVE FUND PERCENTAGE TO SOMETHING THAT ALLOWS YOU TO FUND THE MOST IMPORTANT UNMET NEEDS IN THIS COMMUNITY TODAY.

AND YOU'RE GONNA HEAR MORE OF THOSE NOW AND THEN RECONVENE.

THANK YOU.

THANK, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, YOUR HONOR.

CODY CORBY, JARO PAM MADDER.

AND THEN I'LL OASIS ARE, UH, GOOD MORNING MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS CORBY GASTRO, A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT 10, PAST PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF THE GREATER AUSTIN CRIME COMMISSION.

THE GREATER AUSTIN CRIME COMMISSION

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ENCOURAGES ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS TO STRONGLY SUPPORT THE FUNDING INCREASES FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE MANAGER'S PROPOSED BUDGET.

UNDERSTAFFED E M S FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS PUT OUR COMMUNITY AT RISK AND THIS BUDGET INCREASES MUCH NEEDED FIRST STEP TOWARD ADDRESSING THOSE ISSUES.

THIS BUDGET INCREASES OUR PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTMENTS, IMPROVES PUBLIC SAFETY OUTCOMES, INCREASES TRANSPARENCY, AND CONTINUES TO HELP ADDRESS OUR ONGOING PUBLIC SAFETY STAFFING NEEDS.

A P D HAS 331 TRUE VACANCIES.

AGAIN, A P D HAS 331 TRUE VACANCIES AND E M S HAS 113 OPERATIONAL VACANCIES.

OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO KEEP THIS CITY SAFE.

AND THE CRIME COMMISSION WILL ALWAYS ENCOURAGE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO CONTINUE TO GIVE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS THE RESOURCES TO DO THEIR JOBS.

VOTING FOR THIS BUDGET IS A STRONG FIRST STEP TOWARD ADDRESSING OUR PUBLIC SAFETY STAFF AND NEEDS.

AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS BUDGET INCREASE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

PAM MADEIRA, A WEIS AZAR, AND THEN SENECA SAVOY.

GOOD MORNING MAYOR COUNCIL PAM MEIR.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT 10 AND I'M THE CURRENT VICE CHAIR OF THE AUSTIN CRIME COMMISSION.

THANK YOU, UH, TO THE MAYOR, THE COUNCIL, THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY STAFF FOR WORKING SO HARD THIS SUMMER TO PROPOSE ESSENTIAL INVESTMENTS NEEDED IN, UH, PUBLIC SAFETY FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

WHO IS, UM, SO DESPERATE FOR, UH, ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND HELP RIGHT NOW.

SUPPORTING THIS BUDGET WILL INCREASE TRANSPARENCY IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

RESTORING HUMAN RESOURCES AND THE POSITIONS FOR DATA REPORTING WILL IMPROVE THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT'S EFFICIENCY AND LEAD TO MORE TRANSPARENCY AND OVERSIGHT FOR BOTH THE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

UM, THESE POSITIONS WILL NOT IMPACT THE INVESTIGATIONS BY THE AUSTIN, UM, OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT, WHICH GO THROUGH INTERNAL AFFAIRS.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE ARE FACING HISTORIC STAFFING ISSUES RIGHT NOW THAT ARE UNPRECEDENTED, UH, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY, UH, FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

SO VOTING FOR THE MANAGER'S PROPOSED BUDGET REALLY SIGNALS THAT, UM, THAT THIS COMMUNITY STANDS BEHIND, UM, THE CITIZENS WHO DESPERATELY NEED THE A P D AND OTHER SUPPORT, UM, OF THE VARIOUS RESOURCES.

SO WE, UH, APPRECIATE YOUR TIME ON THIS AND ENCOURAGE YOUR SUPPORT OF THE MANAGER'S PROPOSED BUDGET.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

O WEISS, SENECA SAVOY, AND THEN CATHERINE ARDAL.

AND PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AT THE PODIUM.

MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS VASHAR AND I SERVE ON THE LEADERSHIP TEAM OF PLANNING OUR COMMUNITIES TODAY.

I'M HERE TO ASK YOU THAT WE NEED TO FUND AT LEAST $4.2 MILLION TOWARDS COUNCIL MEMBER VILLA'S TENNIS STABILIZATION FUNDS ITEM.

CURRENTLY, AS I UNDERSTAND, THERE'S ONLY 1.6 MILLION THAT IS BEING PROPOSED.

THIS DOES NOT EVEN GET US THROUGH TO THE END OF THE YEAR BY OUR OWN STAFF'S UNDERSTANDING.

WE NEED 12 MILLION THIS YEAR.

IF YOU FUND 4.2 MILLION THIS YEAR, WE CAN COMBINE IT WITH FUNDS FROM LAST YEAR TO EXTEND IT.

AND I KNOW THERE'S A CONVERSATION ABOUT A MID-YEAR AMENDMENT, BUT LET ME BE CLEAR, I HAVE DEEP CONCERN ABOUT THAT FOR TWO REASONS.

FIRST, OUR STAFF AND OUR CONSULTANTS ARE GOING TO SPREAD THE MONEY.

WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO GET TO A MID-YEAR AMENDMENT TO FULL FILL GAPS.

WE WILL STRETCH THOSE DOLLARS FURTHER, WHICH MEANS WE WILL PAUSE INTAKE AT TIMES.

CLIENTS WHO WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDS, WHO WILL NEED THE FUNDS DESPERATELY, WILL NOT GET THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED BECAUSE WE DID NOT BUDGET THOSE FUNDS TODAY.

SECONDLY, EVEN AS OF LAST YEAR THOUGH, YOU ALL, SOME OF YOU ALL WORK TO GET $8 MILLION FOR THOSE FUNDS IN THE PAST YEAR.

WE HAVE FIVE MONTHS WHERE INTAKE HAS STOPPED BECAUSE WE DID NOT GET OUR CONTRACTS DONE ON TIME.

I JUST WANNA BE VERY CLEAR WITH AVAILABLE FUNDS WE HAVE HAD SERVICE THAT ARE NOT BEING PROVIDED.

WHAT FAITH CAN WE HAVE THAT WE WILL SOMEHOW BE ABLE TO GET A MID-YEAR BUDGET AMENDMENT, MAKE SURE THE MONEY IS AVAILABLE, AUTHORIZE THE CONTRACT, WORK ON IT, AND SIGN THE CONTRACT, AND MAKE SURE OUR CONTRACT CAN GET THE MONEY DONE WITH A MID-YEAR BUDGET AMENDMENT IF WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF FUNDS? I KNOW THESE ARE DIFFICULT DECISIONS AND FOR THOSE WHO KNOW ME, KNOW THAT I TAKE THESE CONVERSATIONS VERY SERIOUSLY AND I'M NOT EMOTIONAL ABOUT THESE THINGS, BUT FOCUS ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE