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SAN ANTONIO (September 12, 2019) — Today, City Council unanimously adopted the FY2020 Budget totaling $2.9 billion. District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño advocated for funding for more police officers, sidewalk repair, and affordable housing initiatives in line with the community’s priorities.
A total of sixteen (16) new SAPD officers were included in the FY20 Budget. Since District 1 is home to many of the popular nighttime destinations, Councilman Treviño and the community worked alongside SAPD to ensure patrons are safe and not a nuisance to surrounding neighborhoods. As a result, Police Chief McManus recommended allocating $272,000 to fund dedicated overtime patrols in Neighborhood Entertainment Zones like the St. Mary’s Strip, Southtown, and the Strip on Main among several others.
“The addition of the Neighborhood Entertainment Zone officers is community policing at its finest,” said Treviño. “Residents near the St. Mary’s Strip should feel proud their work with SAPD over the last year will help make popular nightlife destinations across San Antonio safer for everyone.”
The budget included funding for the "Sidewalk Squad," a seven-member crew who will be responsible for repairing miles of deteriorated residential sidewalks citywide. Unlike street maintenance, the current code states homeowners are responsible for sidewalk repairs in front of their homes. Earlier this year, District 1 made a case for the Sidewalk Squad by teaming up with the Tobin Hill neighborhood to pilot the program. The data illustrated that five (5) miles of sidewalk became usable for every one (1) mile that was repaired. The pilot also included sidewalk design modifications, which significantly reduced the cost of installation. Councilman Treviño will set aside an additional $300,000 for sidewalk repairs in District 1.
“For the first time, your tax dollars will go towards repairing your residential sidewalks,” said Treviño. “Residents can expect the Sidewalk Squad to address broken sidewalks in their neighborhood while the Pedestrian Mobility Officer and his new Micro-Mobility Team develop cost-effective sidewalk designs which will close sidewalk gaps sooner rather than later.”
To promote housing stabilization for homeowners, $5.25 million was allocated to Under 1 Roof, a citywide roof replacement program that has significantly lowered recipients’ energy bills. To date, Under 1 Roof has replaced over 550 roofs across San Antonio.
Additionally, given the alarming increase in eviction filings over the last several years, District 1 worked with advocates to identify funding for a Right to Counsel pilot program. The program will provide qualifying tenants with an attorney who will ensure their rights are respected and that no family becomes homeless due to unfair or illegal evictions.
“The most affordable home is the one you currently live in,” said the District 1 Councilman. “This budget takes direct action to keep homeowners and renters in their homes and thriving.”
Additional items in the FY20 Budget include funding for the Mexican-American Civil Rights Institute, the Migrant Resource Center, and Paid Sick Leave enforcement.
“Thank you to Manager Walsh and the many staff members who worked countless hours to develop the 2020 Budget,” said Treviño. “Most of all, thank you to the community who filled out surveys and attended meetings to ensure the budget accurately reflected their needs.”
Please visit https://www.sanantonio.gov/Budget to learn more about the 2020 Budget.