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Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016

City of San Antonio Invites Residents to Speak Up on the Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget

CONTACT: Di Galvan, 210-207-7234  di.galvan@sanantonio.gov / Alex Rubio, 210-207-2098  Alex.rubio@sanantonio.gov

Budget input made easy through brief survey, social media and open house nights!

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 18, 2016) – The City of San Antonio is asking residents to provide feedback on the Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget through the #SASpeakUp campaign. More than 5,000 residents helped shaped the budget by offering their feedback earlier this year.

"Our proposed City budget directly impacts the lives of so many families, and now that we have shared details of it, we want to hear from those families,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “I urge San Antonians to make their voices heard. After all, we are your City government and this is your money we are investing in our community."

Residents said they wanted more investment in infrastructure, public safety and neighborhood services.

“San Antonio residents play a vital role in determining our budget, and my proposal is a reflection of their priorities,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “This year, we’re planning for the future with the implementation of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, infrastructure and public safety — all without raising property taxes.”

There are several community-wide opportunities for San Antonio residents to participate in the budget process. Residents can share their feedback and ideas in-person at one of five upcoming Community Open House events.

Community Open House Nights (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Budget presentation begins at 6 p.m.)

Date

Time

Facility Name

Location

August 22

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Claude Black Community Center

2805 E. Commerce

August 23

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Phil Hardberger Park

Urban Ecology Center

8400 N.W. Military Hwy

 

August 25

5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Tool Yard

10303 Tool Yard

August 29

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Normoyle Community and Senior Center

700 Culberson Ave.

September 1

5:30-7:30 p.m.

South Side Lions Community Center

3100 Hiawatha Street

CONTACT: Di Galvan, 210-207-7234

di.galvan@sanantonio.gov

Alex Rubio, 210-207-2098

Alex.rubio@sanantonio.gov

The #SASpeakUp campaign provides multiple avenues for residents to share what they would like incorporated in the FY 2017 Budget and includes a short survey available in both English and Spanish at SASpeakUp.com. The survey will also be available at City libraries and senior centers. Another convenient option for San Antonio residents to speak up about their budget priorities is through the hashtag #SASpeakUp.

City staff works with residents and City leaders to ensure the City’s budget is balanced and reflects the priorities of the community. This year’s proposed budget strikes a balance in addressing community priorities without increasing the City’s property tax rate. The proposed budget focuses on:

  • Investing in streets and sidewalks with more than $79 million dollars.
  • Enhancing public safety and quality of life of city neighborhoods by adding 32 new police officer positions and fire safety enhancements for our firefighters.
  • Promoting our world heritage site and preparing for the City’s Tricentennial Celebration.
  • Preparing for the 2017 General Obligation Bond Program.

San Antonio residents are asked to SpeakUp! Be a part of the process that shapes the City’s financial future and enhances the community’s quality of life. 

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