CONTACT: Thea Setterbo, 210-207-7349
Spanish media: Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919
SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 9, 2018) – City Manager Sheryl Sculley presented a proposed $2.8 billion balanced budget to City Council this morning, which reflects San Antonio residents’ top budget priorities, including more investment in streets and infrastructure, animal care services and neighborhoods.
“Creating a balanced budget that provides residents with increased access to essential services without increasing the City’s property tax rate is one of my highest priorities,” City Manager Sculley said. “This year, we’re presenting a budget that takes a big step forward in addressing the basic needs of affordable housing, streets and sidewalks for our community.”
The Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget focuses on:
- Increasing the street maintenance budget from $99 million to $110 million, including the continuation of a two-year program to improve the average street condition index to 70% in Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10. An additional $11 million will be allocated to streets in the oldest areas within Loop 410 and Council Districts 8 & 9.
- Sidewalk funding of $19 million, funded through $9 million in Advanced Transportation District (ATD) funds and $10 million from the voter-approved 2017 Bond program.
- $17.1 million in increased spending for affordable housing. With existing funding, a total of $25 million for housing, including $4.25 million for continuation of the Under One Roof Program, $7.4 million for housing preservation and repair and $7.75 million for neighborhood improvements.
- 5 additional animal care service positions officers and one position to improve responsiveness to calls from residents and to address the illegal sale of puppies.
- 8 new Parks police officers.
Nearly 8,000 residents helped shape the proposed budget through the fourth annual #SASpeakUp campaign, up from 6,000 last year. Now, the City invites residents to share their feedback and ideas for the proposed budget in-person at one of seven upcoming 2018 SASpeakUp Community Days.
Due to the success of last year’s first ever all-Spanish Feria de la Ciudad, which was the highest-attended event in the City’s budget history, the City has added an additional presentation to be held entirely in Spanish, allowing even more opportunity for all community members to learn about how their government works in a format they are comfortable with.
To better serve families, the Community Days scheduled for Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 will be held adjacent to the playgrounds at Woodlawn Lake Park and Pearsall Park, respectively. The events will also feature free breakfast tacos, Fitness in the Park classes, giveaways, activities for children and families and special mascot appearances, including the Spurs Coyote on Aug. 25.
An event at Cherrity Bar scheduled for Aug. 28 is tailored to young professionals and will feature live local music, original San Antonio-themed cocktails, refreshments and special guest hostess Stephanie Guerra of PuroPinche.com.
2018 SASpeakUp Community Days
||5223 David Edwards Dr.
||Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center
||8400 NW Military Highway
||Palo Alto College Student Center – Evento en Español
||1400 W. Villaret Blvd.
||Woodlawn Lake Park
||1103 Cincinnati Ave.
||302 Montana Street
||Texas A&M University-San Antonio – Vista Room
||One University Way
||Pearsall Park – Evento en Español
||4838 Old Pearsall Rd.
Throughout the next month, City departments will present their budgets to City Council at several worksessions. City staff will make adjustments to the proposed budget based on feedback from Council and input collected from the community through SASpeakUp. City Council will vote to adopt the FY2019 Operating and Capital Budget on Thursday, Sep. 13.