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Budget Development

Components of Budget Development

The City of San Antonio Fiscal Year begins on October 1. The FY 2018 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 2018 Budget Calendar (PDF)

Wednesday, March 8 City Council “B” Session: A) FY 2017 Three Plus Nine Financial Report and 1st Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report B) Briefing on Recommended FY 2018 Budget Calendar
March - September
Community and Employee Budget Input (March-September)
Wednesday, May 10 City Council “B” Session: A) FY 2017 Six Plus Six Financial Report B) FY 2017
Mid-Year Budget Adjustment, C) Five Year Financial Forecast and D) 2nd Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report
Thursday, May 11 City Council “A” Session: Mid-Year FY 2017 Budget Adjustment Ordinance
Wednesday, June 28
“Special” Session: City Council Budget Goal Setting Session for the FY 2018 Budget and FY 2019 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 10 City Council “A” Session: City Manager presents FY 2018 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget to City Council and City Council considers the FY 2018 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 14—
Week of August 21
Post-Proposed Budget Open Houses

Wednesday, August 16

“B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 22 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 23 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 29 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 30 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
First FY 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM)
First Public Hearing on the FY 2018 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Wednesday, September 6 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Second FY 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM)
Second Public Hearing on the FY 2018 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Wednesday, September 13 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Thursday, September 14 City Council “A” Session: 1) City Council considers FY 2018 Annual Operating and
Capital Budget and Ad Valorem Tax Rate Ordinances, 2) Revenue Adjustments
Ordinance, and 3) FY 2017 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

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 June 28, 2017.


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 28, 2017 City Council Budget Goal Setting Session(PDF)

City Council Budget Goal Setting Presentations
FY 2018 Budget Development Process

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

Street, Sidewalks & Transportation
Street, Sidewalks, & Transportation(PDF)

Public Safety Needs
Fire(PDF)
Police(PDF)

Neighborhood & Housing Services
Neighborhood & Housing Services(PDF)

Other Policy Issues
SA Tomorrow(PDF)
Civilian Entry Wage(PDF)

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 2018 Proposed Budget to City Council. The City will host several Post Proposed Budget Events held in mid August to early September.

Citizen Comment SASpeakUp Survey Report (PDF)

Download the 2017 San Antonio Community Nights Events List

Post Proposed Budget Open House Events

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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.


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.

Budget Amendments
     September 13 Memo

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 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing & First Public Hearing on the FY 2018 Proposed Budget
    6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2017
    City Council Chambers
    114 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Second FY 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing & Second Public Hearing on the FY 2018 Proposed Budget
    6:00 PM on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    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.

 

Presentations:

WEEK OF AUGUST 14

Tuesday, August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Thursday, August 17 - At the conclusion of the "A" Session business portion. Approximate start time 10:00am.

Response to Council Questions: Memo

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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