Police Union Proposes Pay Raises Of Up To 20% As Part Of Contract Negotiation

The Austin Police Association has proposed raises of up to 20 percent over four years as part of its ongoing labor contract negotiation with the city, citing the police department’s long-standing staffing shortages as well as rising housing costs and inflation. 

Officer Travis Vonholt, a five-year department veteran who serves on the APA Board of Directors, told the city’s bargaining team Wednesday that he is unable to buy a home on his annual salary of $82,640, which includes stipends for having a bachelor’s degree and completing mental health officer training. 

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