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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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Date Event
Wednesday, February 20 City Council “B” Session: A) FY 2019 Three Plus Nine Financial Report and 1st Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report B) Briefing on Recommended FY 2020 Budget Calendar
March - September Community and Employee Budget Input (March-September)
Wednesday, May 8 City Council “B” Session: A) FY 2019 Six Plus Six Financial Report B) FY 2019 Mid-Year Budget Adjustment, C) Five Year Financial Forecast and D) 2nd Quarter Budget Initiatives and Performance Report
Thursday, May 16 City Council “A” Session: Mid-Year FY 2019 Budget Adjustment Ordinance
Friday, June 21 “Special” Session: City Council Budget Goal Setting Session for the FY 2020 Budget and FY 2021 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 8 City Council “A” Session: City Manager presents FY 2020 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget to City Council and City Council considers the FY 2020 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.
Tuesday, August 13 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 14 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Week of August 19 to Week of September 2 Post-Proposed Budget Open Houses
Tuesday, August 20 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 21 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 27 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, August 28 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
First FY 2020 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM)
First Public Hearing on the FY 2020 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Tuesday, September 3 “Special” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, September 4 City Council “B” Session: Budget Worksession (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Second FY 2020 Ad Valorem Tax Rate Public Hearing (6:00 PM)
Second Public Hearing on the FY 2020 Proposed Budget—Immediately after
Thursday, September 12 City Council “A” Session: 1) City Council considers FY 2020 Annual Operating and Capital Budget and Ad Valorem Tax Rate Ordinances, 2) Revenue Adjustments Ordinance, and 3) FY 2019 Closing Ordinance

City Council Budget Work Sessions

City Council Budget Worksessions will take place after the budget is proposed. At these sessions, City Staff will review the budget proposals with the Mayor and City Council in detail. All worksessions are held at 114 W. Commerce Street in the Municipal Plaza “B” Room.




Tuesday, August 20
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Municipal Court
  • Streets, Sidewalks, Drainage, and Capital Program
  • Debt Plan
Wednesday, August 21
  • Sustainability
  • Economic Development
  • Center City Operations


Tuesday, August 27
  • Library
  • Parks
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Animal Care Services
  • Development Services and Code
Wednesday, August 28
  • Airport
  • Convention and Sports Facilities
  • Visit San Antonio
  • Arts & Culture


Tuesday, September 3
  • Employee Compensation and Benefits
  • Administration of the City
Wednesday, September 4
  • Budget Amendments


Thursday, September 11
  • Budget Amendments

City Council Goal-Setting Session

One the Five-Year Financial Forecast is presented to the City Council, they are asked to identify goals and priorities 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.


FY 2020 Budget Development Process

June 12 & 13 Presentations

  1. Financial Policies (pdf)
  2. Property Tax Relief (pdf)
  3. Streets (pdf)
  4. Police (pdf)
  5. Fire (pdf)
  6. Affordable Housing (pdf)
  7. Strong Children & Families (pdf)

Budget Goal Setting Session

FY 2020 Budget City Council Goal Setting Report

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.

FY 2020 Proposed Budget

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 2019 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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