The Chamber’s Public Affairs Council hosted City Manager Sheryl Sculley this week for a briefing on the city’s proposed FY 2017 budget. This year’s proposed budget aims to address community priorities without increasing the property tax rate in San Antonio.
The $2.5 billion proposed City budget calls for $64 million for street maintenance, $15 million for sidewalks, an additional 32 SAPD officers, nine park police officers, and fire safety enhancements for our firefighters. In addition, the proposed budget focuses on promoting our World Heritage Site and preparing for the City’s Tricentennial Celebration.
Also included in the proposed budget is $13 million for a pilot program that adds Wi-Fi to 10 city parks and installation of solar panels on benches to allow for charging of mobile devices. The pilot program is all part of the City’s Smart Cities Initiatives to boost digital connectivity.
City staff works with residents and City leaders to ensure the City’s budget is balanced and reflects the priorities of the community. The community is invited to several public meetings to share feedback on the proposed budget. The council vote on the budget is slated for Sept. 15th.
Other public meetings are scheduled for:
- Aug. 25: 5:30-7:30 p.m. – The Tool Yard at 10303 Tool Yard
- Aug. 29: 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Normoyle Community and Senior Center at 700 Culberson Ave.
Sept. 1: 5:30-7:30 p.m. – South Side Lions Community Center at 3100 Hiawatha Street