Judge seeks more state troopers after Austin council opts to reduce police funding and more Williamson County news

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell requested additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell requested additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell requested additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Williamson County judge requests additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding

About 55,385 city of Austin residents also live in Williamson County, County Judge Bill Gravell said. Because of that, he said he is concerned for their safety after Austin City Council voted Aug. 13 to reduce the police budget by $150 million and reinvest some funds into community programs as well as reassigning some typical police functions to separate departments.

Here are the candidates running in Williamson County elections in November

With 76 days until the November election, here is who you can expect to be on the ballot for Williamson County positions.


Williamson County adds 2 beds to area mental health facility in FY 2020-21 budget

The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to add the cost for two additional beds at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services during its Aug. 11 budget meeting.

Bluebonnet Trails is a mental health facility that provides services to adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disorders, chemical dependency and more.

Gatherings of more than 10 allowed in Williamson County beginning Aug. 13

Beginning Aug. 13, Williamson County will allow gatherings of more than 10 people in outdoor spaces so long as masks are still worn and social distancing measures are in place.

Ali Linan and Christopher Neely contributed to this report.