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Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017

City Council adopts Fiscal Year 2018 Budget with no tax rate increase

More than 6,000 surveys collected through #SASpeakUp Campaign, 600+ residents attended ‘Community Nights’ to give input on proposed funding

CONTACT: Thea Setterbo, 210-207-7349

thea.setterbo@sanantonio.gov

Spanish media: Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919

carlos.valenzuela@sanantonio.gov

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 14, 2017) – Today, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council approved the $2.7 billion balanced budget proposed by City Manager Sheryl Sculley. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget is a reflection of San Antonio residents’ top priorities, and includes increased investment in streets, infrastructure and public safety. This is first budget in the City’s history to incorporate the policy of budgeting through an “equity lens” to ensure new resources are allocated effectively to improve the quality of life for all San Antonio residents.

“The community’s feedback was critical to this budget process,” City Manager Sculley said. “The budget is balanced, increases funding for streets, police and fire services, and does not increase the City’s property tax rate for the 25th consecutive year.”

The adopted FY 2018 budget focuses on:

  • Increasing the street maintenance budget from $64 million to $99 million, including a two-year program to improve the average street condition index to 70 in Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10.
  • Sidewalk funding of $5 million, which augments $78 million from the voter-approved 2017 bond program.
  • 42 new police officers and 43 new firefighters and paramedics.
  • $1.9 million invested in neighborhood improvements and engagement. 

Six budget “Community Nights,” including the first-ever Spanish Feria de la Ciudad and a downtown young professional’s event, were held across San Antonio to encourage input on and increase access to the information provided in the proposed budget. More than 600 residents attended these meetings, a significant jump from 282 attendees in 2016.

Residents who provided feedback on the proposed budget overwhelmingly supported the additional street maintenance funding, zero City property tax rate increase, additional police officers and the allocation for neighborhood improvement services.

More than 6,000 residents helped shape the proposed budget through the #SASpeakUp campaign, up from 1,900 just two years ago.

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