City Council received briefings on the proposed
FY 2018 budget for the City of San Antonio this week. The theme
this year is viewing the needs of the City through an equity lens and
determining funding accordingly. This means that funding is
determined on a needs basis, not an equal share of the budget divided
across the districts.
The "equity lens" is an interesting
and different approach. District 10 continues to rank in the bottom
five for street quality scores. Having an "equity lens"
budget approach does not mean that the bottom five districts will
receive ALL the street improvement funding, but it does mean that we
would receive more funding for streets than District 6 or 7, who have
less need for street improvements. In the proposed 2018 budget,
this principle translates into a $99 million total budget for street
maintenance, $5.8 million for pavement markings, and $3 million split
equally for Vision Zero,
traffic calming measures, and pedestrian safety.
of the proposed budget include three commercial corridor annexations,
40 new police officers (in addition to the 5 cadet classes already
funded through the 2017 budget), 43 new firefighters and EMS personnel,
and $500,000 for the Northeast Corridor Revitalization Initiative.
Additionally, the city will be expanding their homeless encampment
outreach to include the 410 and Austin Highway areas. You can
view an interactive tool break down the budget through the Transparency
SA Digital Portal. This tool allows you to see percentages and
sources of revenue and expenditures, and the budget numbers for
One issue we would like to see more research on
is if this is the time to reduce our property tax rate. The City has
not raised the property tax rate in the last 25 years, but we
continue to receive more and more revenue due to rising property
appraisals. The 2018 budget reflects an additional $25 million from
property tax revenues. As someone who created and oversaw budgets for
many years, I know we can spend as much as we are given. We want to
see if the City actually needs to continue receiving such dramatic
increases in tax revenues, or if we can rollback our tax rate and
take less from our residents. While we cannot control property
appraisals or the school tax rate, I think it's time we look at ways
we can help alleviate tax burdens.
There are several Budget Open Houses scheduled
across the City. The Northeast Budget Open House will occur on August
21st, 7PM, at the Tool Yard instead of our regular District 10
Community Meeting. City staff will present the proposed budget and be
on hand to take questions and feedback from the audience. I encourage
you all to attend this meeting.
I am grateful that District 10 is slated to
have basic needs funded. However, we need your feedback on what you
think the City should be prioritizing during this budget review
cycle. Please take the time to review the proposed budget
presentation included in this newsletter, and answer our short
survey. This will give us a better idea of what District 10's
priorities are and ensure that those needs will be met in the
Thank you for continuing to voice your
priorities and concerns to our office.
District 10 Budget Survey
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District 10 Budget Survey
The Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 City of San Antonio