SAN ANTONIO (September 17, 2020) —Today, City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating & Capital Budget. In response to the adoption of the budget, Councilman Pelaez issued the following statement:
"I am in full support of the City's FY 2021 Budget which entails substantial investments in community health, public safety, pandemic recovery, and the essential infrastructure, road, and drainage improvements that neighbors request year-over-year.
In District 8, I fought for the continuance of previously allocated projects, such as trail developments and drainage projects that had funding allocated in FY 2020 but have yet to begin construction. We are all looking forward to the completion of this critical infrastructure and the opening of these new amenities in 2021 and beyond.
Against the backdrop of more than a $100 million-dollar shortfall, we have passed a budget that is balanced, equitable, and robust in continuing the city services that our community values most – services such as public health, public safety, infrastructure development, youth and senior programs, and park and trail development, among others.
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From the expansion of innovative pilots for homelessness response to significant investments in community health, housing, and safety, we are taking a vital step forward in addressing housing insecurity and homelessness in our community.
With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent economic downturn, 2020 dealt us a raw deal, but this budget reflects our community's compassion, resilience, and persistence in the face of adversity.
Our community will be proud of the new $8.9 million in funding for a new Violence Prevention Division to help address family violence and domestic violence in our community where it is currently at epidemic proportions.
With the $102 million allocated to street maintenance, $18 million for sidewalks, and added funding for parks and trails projects in District 8, I am assured that this budget meets the needs of neighbors who year-round request street repairs, closure of sidewalk gaps, and the development of more trails and green spaces.
Lastly, I want to thank the City Manager and his Executive Leadership team for all of their hard work, the countless City of San Antonio employees for working year-round to care for and improve our community, and the excellent staff of the District 8 Team who bend over backwards to serve our neighbors and help meet the needs of our District 8 community.
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