CONTACT: Laura Mayes, 210-207-1337
Spanish media: Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919
SAN ANTONIO (April 2, 2018) – The City of San Antonio has launched its fourth 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 2019 budget. Residents will have the opportunity to share their budget priorities through a brief seven question survey, available online, at public facilities and administered by SASpeakUp “Squads” at various communitywide events. The bilingual survey can be found at www.saspeakup.com
“Each year we look for new ways to reach more residents and find out what their budget priorities are. The budget is arguably the most important policy decision our Mayor and Council will make this year and we need to hear from our residents,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “The SASpeakUp survey asks residents to consider the budget as they would their own household budget, understanding that there are tradeoffs when funding is limited, as the City passes a balanced budget as required by law.”
The SASpeakUp campaign has grown exponentially since its inception in 2015. Last year, more than 6,000 residents participated in the process and overwhelmingly expressed that their highest priorities were streets, sidewalks and infrastructure. As a result, in Fiscal Year 2018, the City of San Antonio increased the street maintenance budget from $64 million to $99 million and implemented a new policy to allocate funds to areas where the average street condition is below 70 on a scale of 100. The adopted budget also increased sidewalk funding by $5 million to augment the $78 million included in the 2017 Bond Program.
A short bilingual survey is available at SASpeakUp.com, where residents can learn more about city services, create their own budget with a budget simulator and explore the current budget in depth. Residents can also submit feedback via social media at Facebook.com/SASpeakUp and by using the hashtag #SASpeakUp on Instagram and Twitter.