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San Antonio city council approves 2019 budget

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UPDATE: City Council voted to approve the 2019 FY budget on Thursday morning.

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The San Antonio City Council is expected to approve the 2019 Fiscal Year budget on Thursday.

The $2.8 billion budget will continue to fund police, fire and other city departments, but there is also money set aside for basic infrastructure maintenance improvements.

During the course of several SA Speak Up community meetings, city staffers concluded streets were the biggest issue of concern for residents, followed by sidewalks, Animal Care Services, parks, and public safety.

Public safety will get the biggest pie of the budget pie; Nearly $795 million of the general fund budget ($1.26B), which amounts to 63 percent.

Here are more highlights:

  • $130 million will go toward streets and infrastructure.
  • $19 million will be set aside for sidewalks.
  • Mayor Ron Nirenberg's housing initiative will get a little more than $17 million for affordable housing programs
  • San Antonio parks will get $1 million
  • Libraries will get $1 million for additional books and materials
  • Hourly pay for city employees will increase to $15 an hour

"This budget also used an equity framework to ensure that areas of greatest need receive the greatest investment. Our city has historical patterns of inequity and I’m proud that we have started to address this issue with candid conversations and real resources," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg in a statement.

For a complete look at the city budget, click here.

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