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Budget Development

Components of Budget Development

The City of San Antonio Fiscal Year began on October 1. The FY 2019 Budget is currently underway. The calendar below provided the key dates for the preparation and delivery of the City’s Proposed Operating and Capital Budget.

Budget Process

Budget Calendar

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Thursday, March 1 City Council “A” Session: A) FY 2018 Three Plus Nine Financial Report and 1st Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report B) Briefing on Recommended FY 2019 Budget Calendar
March - September
Community and Employee Budget Input (March-September)
Wednesday, April 18 City Council “B” Session: A) FY 2018 Six Plus Six Financial Report B) FY 2018 Mid-Year Budget Adjustment, C) Five Year Financial Forecast and D) 2nd Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report
Thursday, April 19 City Council “A” Session: Mid-Year FY 2018 Budget Adjustment Ordinance
Wednesday, May 30
“Special” Session: City Council Budget Goal Setting Session for the FY 2019 Budget and FY 2020 Budget Plan (potentially covering the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Summary report of community input will be presented to City Council.
Month of July Meetings with City Manager and necessary staff to review budget recommendations and service delivery plans utilizing identified City Council Goals and Service Delivery priorities (meeting dates and times to be scheduled).
Thursday, August 9 City Council “A” Session: City Manager presents FY 2019 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget to City Council and City Council considers the FY 2019 Proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate and sets date, time and place for two (2) tax rate public hearings (if necessary) and two (2) budget public hearings.
Week of August 16 - Week of September 1 Post-Proposed Budget Open Houses

Tuesday, August 14

“Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 15 “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 21 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 22 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 28 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 29 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) First FY 2019 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM) First Public Hearing on the FY 2019 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Tuesday, September 4 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, September 5 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) Second FY 2019 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM) Second Public Hearing on the FY 2019 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Wednesday, September 12 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Thursday, September 13 City Council “A” Session: 1) City Council considers FY 2019 Annual Operating and Capital Budget and Ad Valorem Tax Rate Ordinances, 2) Revenue Adjustments Ordinance, and 3) FY 2018 Closing Ordinance
“Special” Session: Budget Work session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
“Special” Session: Budget Work session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
“Special” Session: Budget Work session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

City Council Policy Direction






Community Input

Community input is an important part of the budget process. Feedback from community input provides valuable direction to City Council and City Officials prior to the preparation of the City’s Proposed Operating and Capital Budget.


How can you Participate?

The City invites you to participate through the SASpeakUp community outreach campaign and the Budget Input Box

Post Proposed Budget MeetingS


#SASpeakUp

Your feedback is crucial! Last year residents overwhelmingly told us they wanted more money for infrastructure, streets and sidewalks and the City delivered!

The City of San Antonio’s budget is a reflection of the community’s priorities.  Each year the City is required by law to pass a balanced budget.  Your feedback is critical to balancing the budget and determining where funds should be allocated.

Tell us what you want in your budget by visiting www.saspeakup.com.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE...ONE SUGGESTION AT A TIME!

The City of San Antonio’s Budget Input Box initiative provides a forum for residents to offer their suggestions on how the City of San Antonio can save money or improve City services. Suggestions or ideas that fall within the scope of what the City provides will be reviewed and considered by City staff for the Budget Development Process.

When submitting a suggestion, you will be asked to include the following information:

Required Information:
  • I would like to suggest a way to: This indicates whether your suggestion is meant to Save the City Money or Improve City Services
  • Suggestion Title: This is the essence of your suggestion in a as few words as possible
  • This suggestion is for: This will allow you to select a department within the City where your suggestion would make a difference.
  • Suggestion: This is the "what and why" of your suggestion. It should reflect with as much detail as possible what you are suggesting to be done. It should also explain with as much detail as possible the reason for implementing the suggested idea.
Optional Information:
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address

Although this information is not required, we encourage you to provide us with your email address so we may be able to contact you if additional information or clarification is needed.

Two Ways to Submit Your Budget Suggestion

Thank you for providing us with your input for the Budget Development Process.


Haciendo la Diferencia…Una Sugerencia a la Vez...

El Municipio de San Antonio le ofrece la oportunidad de proveer sus ideas o sugerencias acerca de como el Municipio puede ahorrar dinero ó mejorar los servicios publicos por medio de la iniciativa “Budget Input Box." Sugerencias ó ideas que se encuentren dentro de el alcance de los actuales servicios municipales seran analizadas y consideradas para el desarrollo del presupuseto. Cuando complete la forma de sugerencia, se le pedirá que incluye la siguiente información:
Información Requerida:
  • Me gustaría sugerir: esto indica lo que su sugerencia significa: Ahorrarle dinero a la Ciudad o Mejorar los Servicios de la Ciudad.
  • Titulo de la Sugerencia: Este describe, en pocas palabras, el punto principal de su sugerencia. Sea lo mas breve posible.
  • Nombre del Departamento: Esto ayudara a identificar el departamento en el cual su sugerencia hara la diferencia.
  • Descripción de la Sugerencia: Este describe por detalle su sugerencia. Por favor sea lo mas detallado y claro posible.
Información Opcional:
  • Primer nombre
  • Apellido
  • Número Telefónico
  • Correo electrónico

Aunque esta información no es requerida, se le sugiere incluir su dirección de correo electrónico por si se necesita clarificar información acerca de su sugerencia.

Gracias por su participación en el desarrollo del Presupuesto.

Somete una Sugerencia
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Proposed Budget Development





Budget Adoption

Before adopting a final Budget, City Council may choose to change any aspect of the proposed budget, as long as the changes result in a balanced budget.

Current Budget

Budget Cover
FY 2018 Adopted Budget (PDF)

The budget adoption must take place before September 27 of each fiscal year. The Adopted Budget is then presented and filed with the City Clerk, and copies are provided to City Departments, agencies and civic organizations. Additionally, copies of the Adopted Budget are available for residents to view at all San Antonio Public Libraries.


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