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Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Councilwoman Viagran’s statement on approved FY 2020 Proposed Budget

CONTACT: Ruben G. Lizalde, 210.207.7006


SAN ANTONIO (September 12, 2019) – Today, City Council voted unanimously to approve the $2.9 billion balanced budget with no property tax increase by our new City Manager Erik Walsh. The following statement was released in response to today’s vote:


After years of working on creating a clear path forward for a District 3 Southside police substation, I was able to not just get a verbal commitment, but $500K specifically committed in this year’s budget for planning a future District 3 Police Substation. The City’s budget should reflect our resident’s priorities and this budget clearly shows my commitment to keeping my promise to bring vital services to my constituents, and all of San Antonio. Other projects that were allocated during the budget process include funding for Mission Road Corridor improvements, funding for Parks Neighborhood Tree Program, additional Developmental Services City Street Lighting support staff, successful in having the city implement a designated Hotline to directly contact weekend and evening Code Officers (number will be provided at a later date), additional funding for minor home repair to assist legacy homeowners designated to District 3, and finally additional SAPD Patrol Officers for the five (5) Entertainment Zones that S.E. & S.W. Military fall within.


This year’s budget continues my solid track record of responsibly stewarding our City’s finances and my continued investment to District 3. On behalf of the District office we want to thank the residents of District 3 for affording us the opportunity to be your voice on City Council. Collectively, our voices were heard loud and clear let’s continue to work together.


Today we have a balanced budget that showcases the City Managers steadfast leadership and City Council priorities. A very special thank you to Deputy City Manager Maria Villagómez, and our budget team who deserve a great deal of credit for the hard work they have done leading up to today with the successful passage of a $2.9 billion balanced budget. I also want to thank you to all of the City’s employees who help run this organization and make us a great City.

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