CONTACT: Thea Setterbo, 210-207-7349
SAN ANTONIO (April 13, 2017) – The City of San Antonio has launched its third annual #SASpeakUp campaign, which asks San Antonio residents to share their ideas about what they would like to see included in the City’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. SASpeakUp “street teams” are taking surveys straight to San Antonio residents at events, spaces and public places they frequent. In the 2017 campaign’s first weekend, street teams collected 1,387 surveys, more than the total public feedback received in 2015. A complete list of events can be found at www.saspeakup.com.
“The City of San Antonio’s budget is a reflection of our residents’ top priorities,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “We heard from the community that streets, sidewalks and public safety are most important to them, and we’re proud to say we’ve invested heavily in these priorities while not increasing property taxes for the 24th year.”
Feedback is critical to the budget process. More than 5,000 residents participated in the campaign last year and told the City their highest priorities were streets, sidewalks and infrastructure. As a result, the City allocated $64 million for streets, $15 million for sidewalks and $2 million for pedestrian safety initiatives. The City of San Antonio balances the needs of the community with innovative projects like the Smart Cities initiatives. Last year’s General Fund budget included WiFi at City parks, solar benches and smart community kiosks.
In addition to in-person outreach, the City offers a quick survey available in English and Spanish at SASpeakUp.com, where community members can also share ideas with City staff, learn more about City services and try an interactive budget-balancing simulator. Residents can also utilize social media to speak up about their priority services using the hashtag #SASpeakUp.
The City’s budget is a roadmap for policy and overall direction. Each year, the City is required by law to pass a balanced budget. Now it’s your turn, San Antonio…SpeakUp!