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Budget Development

Components of Budget Development

The City of San Antonio Fiscal Year begins on October 1. The FY 2017 Budget is currently being developed. The calendar below provides key dates for the preparation and delivery of the City’s Proposed Operating and Capital Budget.

Budget Process

Budget Calendar

 Download the FY 2017 Budget Calendar (PDF)

Wednesday, February 17 City Council “B” Session: A) FY 2016 Three Plus Nine Financial Report and 1st Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report B) Briefing on Recommended FY 2017 Budget Calendar
March - September Community and Employee Budget Input (March-September)
Wednesday, May 11 City Council “B” Session: A) FY 2016 Six Plus Six Financial Report B) FY 2016 Mid-Year Budget Adjustment, C) Five Year Financial Forecast and D) 2nd Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report
Thursday, May 12 City Council “A” Session: Mid-Year FY 2016 Budget Adjustment Ordinance
Monday, May 16 - Sunday, May 22
Pre-Proposed Community Outreach
Wednesday, June 8 “Special” Session: City Council Budget Goal Setting Session for the FY 2017 Budget and FY 2018 Budget Plan (potentially covering the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Summary report of issues discussed at the City Council Community Budget Input Hearings will be presented.
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 18 City Council “A” Session: City Manager presents FY 2017 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget to City Council and City Council considers the FY 2017 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 22 

Week of August 29



Post-Proposed Budget Open Houses
Wednesday, August 24 “Special” Session: Budget Work session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 30 “Special” Session: Budget Work session (Begins at Noon)
Wednesday, August 31 “City Council “B” Session: Budget Work session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) First FY 2017 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM) First Public Hearing on the FY 2017 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Wednesday, September 7 City Council “B” Session: Budget Work session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) Second FY 2017 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM) Second Public Hearing on the FY 2017 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Wednesday, September 14 City Council “B” Session: Budget Work session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Thursday, September 15 City Council “A” Session: 1) City Council considers FY 2017 Annual Operating and Capital Budget and Ad Valorem Tax Rate Ordinances, 2) Revenue Adjustments Ordinance, and 3) FY 2016 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)

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

In August the City Manager will present the FY 2017 Proposed Budget to City Council. The City will host several Post Proposed Budget Events held in mid August to early September.

Post Proposed Budget Open House Events

Post Proposed Budget Meetings

 


Proposed Budget


#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
Ver ubicaciones de cajas de entrada de presupuesto a través de la ciudad.


City Council Policy Direction

Forecast

Approximately four months before budget adoption, the Five-Year Financial Forecast is presented to the City Council. The forecast is intended to provide the City Council and the Community with an early financial outlook for the City of San Antonio and to identify significant issues that need to be addressed in the budget development process.

Future revenues and expenditures are taken into account in an effort to determine what type of surplus or deficit the City will face during the next five years. This forecast is crucial for Government leaders when faced with making financial decisions.

The Five-Year Forecast was presented to the Mayor and City Council on May 11, 2016.


City Council Goal-Setting Session

Once the Five Year Financial Forecast is presented to the City Council, they are asked to identify goals and priorities that the upcoming budget should address. A goal setting session workshop takes place to provide City Council a format to provide City Staff with their service priorities for the upcoming budget year.

June 8, 2016 - City Council Budget Goal Setting Session(PDF)

City Council Budget Goal Setting Presentations
FY 2017 Budget Development Process

Budget Overview
Budget & Financial Policy Issues(PDF)
SASpeakup Campaign(PDF)
Budget Update(PDF)

City Infrastructure & Transportation
2017 Bond Program(PDF) & Debt Management(PDF)
Street, Sidewalks, & Transportation(PDF)
Advanced Transportation District(PDF) & Lone Star Rail(PDF)
Street Lights(PDF)

Public Safety Needs
Fire(PDF)
Police(PDF)

Neighborhood & Social Services
Delegate Agencies(PDF)
Youth Programs(PDF)
Animal Care Services(PDF)
World Heritage(PDF)
Tricentennial(PDF)
Air Quality(PDF)

Other Policy Issues
Smart Cities(PDF)
Workforce Development(PDF)
Economic Development Incentives(PDF)

Proposed Budget Development

Proposed Budget Development

After receiving input from San Antonio residents and obtaining City Council service priorities, the City Manager and the City Staff develop a Proposed Balanced Budget. The City Manager meets with all City Departments to review Budget proposals during the month of July.

Proposed Budget

In August, the City Manager will present the City’s proposed Operating and Capital Budget reflecting the Community and City Council priorities.

Post Proposed Budget MeetingS

In August the City Manager will present the FY 2017 Proposed Budget to City Council. The City will host several Post Proposed Budget Events held in mid August to early September.

Post Proposed Budget Open House Events

Post Proposed Budget Meetings

 


Citywide Public Hearings

Following the completion of the Community Budget Hearings, residents will have two additional opportunities to provide their feedback on the Proposed Budget to the City Council. Additionally, if necessary, there will be two opportunities for residents to provide feedback on the Proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate.

  • First FY 2017 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing & First Public Hearing on the FY 2017 Proposed Budget
    6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    City Council Chambers
    114 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Second FY 2017 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing & Second Public Hearing on the FY 2017 Proposed Budget
    6:00 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    City Council Chambers
    114 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205

city council budget worksessions

City Council Budget Worksessions will take place after budget is proposed. At these sessions, City Staff will review the budget proposals with the Mayor and City Council in detail.

City Council Budget Work Sessions Schedule - All work sessions are held at 114 W. Commerce Street in the Municipal Plaza "B" Room.

Community Outreach Schedule

Week of August 22

Presentations:

Week of August 29

Presentations:

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.

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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