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Published on Friday, September 13, 2019

Councilwoman Sandoval’s Remarks on FY 2020 City Budget

CONTACT: Matteo Treviño, 210-323-2835


SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 12, 2019) — City Council voted to adopt the FY 2020 City Budget. Councilwoman Sandoval released the following statements:


This year’s budget continues to address our City’s challenges without sacrificing the quality of our core services—maintaining an aggressive street maintenance budget, for example, while also making a substantial commitment to family and domestic violence prevention.


The newly established General Homestead Exemption complements the tax relief homeowners will receive from the state's school finance bill—saving the average homeowner about $128 per year—no small amount when considering our city’s affordable housing needs.


The budget continues our work on the Bandera Road Corridor Plan and a Linear Creekway Expansion to Nani Falcone Park—two transformational projects for District 7.


Further, we’re continuing efforts to tackle one of District 7’s greatest challenges: drainage. Much of the district was developed before the City Code included requirements for lot-to-lot drainage. As a result, includes the highest number of homes and businesses within the 100-Year Flood Plain in the City. Not only will we begin planning for Seeling Channel Phase 4 Drainage Project, we will also address alleys with persistent drainage issues.


I commend City staff for their ingenuity and diligence in crafting this budget and engaging the public throughout the process.

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