CONTACT: Justin Renteria, 210-207-7279
Today, the City Council unanimously approved the operating budget for fiscal year 2019. District 1 Councilman Treviño provided the following statement:
“I unequivocally support the FY2019 budget because it is the most comprehensive, compassionate document this city has put forth to date. Residents in District 1 and all over San Antonio can take pride in their city for addressing difficult issues like affordable housing in way that helps some of our neighbors with the most need.
Through the budget, we are confronting affordable housing with one-of-kind solutions which have a city-wide impact like the Under 1 Roof program. Over 500 qualifying residents across San Antonio will receive a free, energy efficient roof by the end of FY2019. Furthermore, I advocated for $1 million dollars in emergency rental assistance for qualifying renters in District 1 who are at risk of becoming homeless.
The budget also addresses the approximately 35,000 students who are not in school each day via the youth reengagement center at West End Park in District 1. This is an investment that will help eliminate school attendance barriers, and ensure our children have the resources they need to be successful going forward.
Additionally, there will be an Increase to the level of basic services you expect the City to provide: sidewalks, alley maintenance
Once again, the budget does not include a property tax rate increase; however, I recognize the pressures on homeowners in District 1 and am committed to working on innovative solutions like Under 1 Roof which reduce the financial burden for vulnerable homeowners.
Thank you to my council colleagues, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and her staff including Maria Villagomez and Justina Tate for their tireless efforts. Most of all, thank you to the thousands of San Antonians who stepped up and provided their input through SA Speak Up. Your voice is reflected throughout this budget.”