San Antonio: Councilman Perry Responds to FY ’22 Budget Goal Setting Session

CONTACT: Landry Stafford

SAN ANTONIO (June 25, 2021) – Today, the City Council convened for a day-long policy goal-setting discussion regarding the FY 2022 Budget. The following statement is a response to today's discussion:

"Today was the kickoff to budget season where all council members laid out their priorities for the next fiscal year's City budget. My priorities are based on the input of our neighbors in District 10, which have remained the same since 2017: street and infrastructure improvements, public safety, and property tax relief.

In District 10, I'm grateful that the Street Maintenance Program will be funded at an amount that is equivalent to what we've been allocated in the past. I am hopeful that we can use federal funds to replenish the funds we deferred in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The recent scientific survey commissioned by the City showed that many of our neighbors want to see more police officers in their communities. I am supportive of increasing community policing efforts and adding additional officers in this year's budget.

Councilman Courage and I pushed for an increase in our City Homestead Tax Exemption.
Unfortunately, it did not gain support from the majority of Council and will not move forward as we hoped. However, property tax relief will remain a priority of mine in the years to come. This is bigger than the City Homestead Tax Exemption, the fight for lower property taxes is not over.

I look forward to the coming budget discussions and will be carefully dissecting this budget to ensure that our neighbors receive a return on their investment."

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