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Published on Thursday, August 10, 2017

City of San Antonio presents Fiscal Year 2018 Proposed Budget with no tax rate increase for 25th consecutive year

Residents invited to provide feedback through ‘Community Nights,’ survey

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 10, 2017) – City Manager Sheryl Sculley presented a proposed $2.7 billion balanced budget to City Council this morning, which reflects San Antonio residents’ top budget priorities, including more investment in streets and infrastructure, police, firefighters and parks and recreation.

“The community’s feedback is critical to the budget process,” City Manager Sculley said. “This year’s budget introduces new City Council policy direction of budgeting through an equity lens, ensuring resources are allocated effectively to improve the quality of life for all San Antonio residents. New spending proposed in this budget enhances equity initiatives in areas such as streets and public safety in neighborhoods with the most need. The proposed budget is balanced, maintains a 15% general fund ending balance and does not increase the City’s property tax rate for the 25th consecutive year.”

The Fiscal Year 2018 proposed 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.
  • 40 new police officers and 43 new firefighters and paramedics.
  • $1.8 million invested in neighborhood improvements and engagement.

More than 6,000 residents helped shaped the proposed budget through the #SASpeakUp campaign, up from 1,900 just two years ago. Now, the City invites residents to share their feedback and ideas for the proposed budget in-person at one of five upcoming 2017 Community Night open houses.

For the first time in the City’s history, a budget presentation will be held entirely in Spanish so that all community members have an opportunity to learn about how their government works in a format they are comfortable with.

A downtown open house scheduled for Aug. 22 is tailored to young professionals and will feature live music from local band RANCH\HOUSE and a live podcast taping of “The City Insider” with the City Manager.

2017 Community Nights 

(Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Budget presentation begins at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Date

Time

Facility Name

Location

August 15

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center

8400 NW Military Highway

August 17

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Copernicus Community Center

5003 Lord Rd.

August 22

5:30-8 p.m.

Central Library

600 Soledad Street

August 26

9 a.m.-noon

Pearsall Park – Evento en Español

4838 Old Pearsall Rd.

August 28

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Garza Community Center

5627 Mira Vista 


Additionally, the #SASpeakUp campaign provides feedback opportunities through a short survey available in English and Spanish at SASpeakUp.com. San Antonio residents can also speak up about their budget priorities by using the hashtag #SASpeakUp on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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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