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Published on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Councilwoman Viagran commends the passage of the $2.8 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Budget with no tax rate increase

SAN ANTONIO (Sept.13, 2018) — The following is District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran’s statement on the approved Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

 

"Thank you to our City Manager for her steadfast leadership and support in bringing a balanced budget for us to approve today. I also appreciate the hard work Assistant City Manager Maria Villagómez and her team did in listening to our budget priorities, starting with the goal-setting sessions and leading up to today with the successful passage of a $2.8 billion budget, which is 5.5% more than the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. This year’s adopted budget does not include an increase to the City Property Tax Rate.

 

In addition to the increase in our budget, I am especially thankful for the input provided by District 3 constituents, which enabled me to bring to the table in-depth knowledge of key issues and allowed me to effectively advocate for the allocation of more funds for public safety, code enforcement, animal care services, parks and infrastructure improvements. Through much work with City staff, I was able to designate dollars to meet the specific needs of District 3 residents and their priorities were reflected in the budget requests.

 

Below are a few projects championed during the budget process:”

  • Addition of two SAPD SAFFE Officers specifically assigned to District 3 and three Code Enforcement Officers assigned to the southern sectors of San Antonio and one of them specifically for District 3 totaling $851,216.
  • Signage and new basketball canopy at Southside Lions Park.
  • Funding for Southside First economic development.
  • Healthy Corner Store Project in targeted neighborhoods to focus on food deserts in District 3.
  • More than $3 million in infrastructure and stormwater drainage improvements, including:
  1. Petaluma Drainage Project from Pleasanton Rd. to Bascum Blvd.
  2. S. Gevers Drainage Project
  3. Jo Marie Drainage Improvements
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