San Antonio, Texas, recently approved a $2.8 billion balanced budget. The FY 2019 Operating and Capital Budget includes no property tax rate increase for the 27th consecutive year and continues the City’s two-year equity approach to street maintenance, allocating $110 million to achieve an average pavement condition index of 70 for all council districts by the end of 2019.
“This budget has been fully vetted, reviewed by the community and now approved by the City Council. After I proposed the budget on Aug. 9, we held eight worksessions with the City Council and seven community days across San Antonio to allow residents an opportunity to meet with departments to learn more about services provided to them,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “More families and millennials participated in the budget development process this year through the SASpeakUp campaign. Residents overwhelmingly supported major funding initiatives for streets, sidewalks, public safety and animal care services.”
The adopted FY 2019 budget includes:
- Increased street maintenance funding from $99 million to $110 million, continuing a two-year program to improve the average street condition index to 70 in Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 and adds funding to address poor street conditions inside Loop 410 and the oldest areas of Council Districts 8 & 9.
- Sidewalk funding of $19 million. Sidewalks are prioritized based on criteria such as proximity to schools, pedestrian safety, transit and healthcare facility access.
- Filling police vacancies in the next year. With SAPD’s enhanced recruitment efforts and four academy classes scheduled next year, unfilled positions are estimated to be less than 50 by the end of 2019.
- Two additional SAFFE officers.
- Five additional Animal Care Services positions to improve response times to resident requests and to address illegal sale of puppies online, roadside and outdoor markets.
- Property tax relief for seniors and residents with disabilities. In 2019, the City will forego $52 million in property tax revenue from the Senior and Disabled Homestead Exemptions and frozen City tax payments. The City makes up only 20% of the annual property tax bill.
- $17.1 million in new funding for the implementation of the Mayor’s Housing Policy Taskforce recommendations. When combined with current funding, the proposed budget includes a total of $25 million for affordable housing supported by General Funds, Housing and Urban Development grants and the Housing Trust.
- Three additional code enforcement officers.
- New funding of $1 million to operate and maintain recently completed Parks capital projects to include 108 new acres.
- Eight new Parks police offiers are added for linear creekways and new parks funded through the voter approved bond program.
- Library funding for books and digital materials, maintenance, furniture and computer replacement.
See a review of new planned government spend at GovDirections Business Intelligence.