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Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales outlines District 5 priorities in the FY 2020 City Budget

CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429
Victor.landa@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (September 12, 2019) –The San Antonio City Council voted Thursday morning to adopt a $2.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, a 3.2% increase over the FY19 budget. Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales announced that a substantial amount of the total budget is targeted to increase public safety, streets and sidewalks in District 5. The budget also enhances several social programs that are already in place and new projects have been added which will increase the city’s overall impact across the district.

 

These are some of the 2020 budget item highlights that apply to District 5:

  • $607,000 - Trauma Informed Care partnership with University Health System at Robert B. Greene Hospital
  • $75,000 - Maestro Business Incubator
  • $75,000 - Westside Development Corporation business alliance development
  • $200,000 - Additional funding for owner-occupied minor home repair, continuation of title clearance program, owner-occupied research and education, small contactor training and certification pilot program.
  • $250,000 - Mexican-American Civil Rights Institute.

 

In addition, $2.4 million has been targeted for specific improvements and enhancements in District 5:

  • $1,000,000 - Infrastructure improvements
  • $120,000 - Public safety building repairs
  • $150,000 - Kennedy Park pool repair and resurfacing
  • $100,000 - Natatorium HVAC, boiler replacement
  • $600,000 - YWCA building improvements

This year the City Council also prioritized five items in the budget:

  • $1,000,000 for domestic violence, including a continuation of District 5’s Promotoras Pilot Program
  • $110,000,000 for street repair
  • $479,000,000 for police
  • $34,400,000 for affordable housing, a city-wide expansion of the Housing Pilot Program pioneered in District 5
  • $60,900,000 in property tax relief

 

“One of the most significant budget achievements,” said Councilwoman Gonzales, “is that this is the third cycle in which we use the equity lens I introduced and championed to ensure that the areas of the city with the most need are the ones that get the required attention.” “The projects that I find to be most significant this year,” she added, “are the Mexican-American Civil Rights Institute - that will shine a light on our city’s central role in the struggle for civil rights; the funding for trauma informed care - which has the potential to transform the way we deliver education and social services; and the funding for the Girl’s Empowerment Summit Event - that will have a direct impact on the lives of the girls and the future of San Antonio.”

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