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'Speak Up' And Tell San Antonio Leaders How To Spend $1 Billion City Budget

The City of San Antonio is seeking resident input on the 2019 fiscal year budget.  

The current operational budgetincludes a general fund of $1.19 billion, as well as restricted funds and a capital budget totaling $2.7 billion dollars.  

The "Speak Up SA" public outreach campaign invites San Antonians to complete a survey about how city money should be spent. 

San Antonio spends 65 percent of the general fund – almost $777 million – on public safety costs, which includes salaries, benefits and equipment for local police and fire forces.

Streets, sidewalks and drainage are a key concern for many residents. These projects currently receive $104 million and could see an increase in the upcoming year.

Social services the city provides, like senior centers, libraries, and animal care services, also draw from the general fund. 

The 2018 fiscal year city budget promised the renewed perspective of an "equity lens" – a move made to address concerns of social stratification and resource inequality in San Antonio. Do residents see any improvement from this change? 

What should the City of San Antonio prioritize for 2019 and how can citizens help balance the budget? 

Where do you think the City of San Antonio's resources should be allocated?

Take the Speak Up San Antonio survey here. For more details on upcoming meetings and to submit a suggestion in the online input box, click here


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.