City Council President Withdraws Proposed Budget Amendment

Evansville City Council President Alex Burton says he's withdrawing his amendment that proposed redirecting money from the police department's budget into the affordable housing fund.

Posted: Oct 9, 2020 4:50 PM

On Friday, Evansville City Council President Alex Burton announced his withdrawal of a proposed 2021 budget amendment that repurposed $250,000 of police funds into affordable housing funds.

Burton had faced backlash from some within the Evansville community over the proposal, who viewed it as an attempt to "defund the police."

Evansville City Council Members Jonathan Weaver and Justin Elpers had also made separate proposals to the city's 2021 budget that would cut finances in other departments.

Burton also publicly asked Elpers and Weaver to withdraw their amendments.

"I am also publicly asking for Councilman Elpers and Councilman Weaver to withdraw their amendments that cut Mayor Winnecke’s proposed $500K into the AHTF in half," Burton said on Friday. "Neither proposal authored by either councilman has the votes to pass. And to purposely propose a reduction in housing funds is a step in the wrong direction - a step that directly harms our neighbors and further hinders every resident from believing that this city and community is, truly, for everyone."

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