CONTACT: Bruce Davidson, 210-207-8998
Zack Lyke 210-207-8448
SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 17, 2020) — Following are excerpts from Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s statement on the fiscal year 2021 budget approved by City Council today:
This year has been fraught with anger, division, tension, anxiety and disease. It’s difficult to imagine that we’ve been immersed in the COVID way of life for over six months.
But we’re not looking up from the bottom of an inescapable pit. We’re simply in a deep tunnel with a long way to go. We have our loved ones. We have our neighbors. We have a path forward. We have hope.
Though the ground shifted beneath our feet, it provided an opportunity for us to discover new fixes. Fault lines and cracks were exposed in every corner of our city, but that meant they laid bare -- allowing us to dress the wounds so that we could begin to heal.
The budget in front of us is reflective of a unique, challenging, and inspiring moment in our community.
Parallel to this pandemic, the nation continues to grapple with a familiar disease - racism and discrimination. The deaths of Black lives at the hands of the police has shed a bright spotlight on the work we all have to do to improve policing and public safety in the United States. In order to live up to our acknowledgement that Black Lives Matter, San Antonio must not be an exception.
While this budget may not reflect the exact changes that some of our residents have called for, I believe that it does commit to the health, housing, education and workforce needs of our city.
I am grateful to an empowered community of residents, organizers and activists, who have pushed us to review and identify opportunities to direct funds to address these issues. We hope you see the changes before you as the beginning of a much longer conversation.
Since we worked to apply an equity lens to our budgetary process in 2017, I have been committed to pursuing every opportunity to increase transparency and accessibility in our overall budget. I am still committed to this goal.
We also continue the work to ensure that San Antonio residents’ voices and input are genuinely heard, included and reflected in the decision-making process in this community.