San Antonio: Councilwoman Phyllis Viagran’s statement on passage of first budget amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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San Antonio (September 16, 2021) - Today, City Council adopted $3.1 Billion balanced Operating and Capital Budget for FY2022. Councilwoman Phyllis Viagran released the statement below on passing first budget amid the Covid-19 pandemic:

"This passage marks the culmination of months of hard work by City Council, the Office of Management and Budget and employees across the city.  This year's budget prioritizes City services through efficiency and equity by way of new investments, as we looked to realign our priorities based on the will of our constituency.

This year's budget makes essential investments into key areas including senior services, public safety, community emergency preparedness education and public health - with a focus on mental health and housing assistance.  It also includes the approval of Visit San Antonio's five-year extension agreement, which will help with the recovery of our Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

This budget is a direct reflection of our City's core values, district priorities, and constituent needs as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic that is still impacting our community. Many thanks to the organizations, neighborhood associations and District 3 residents who met with District 3 in-person and/or virtually as we looked to restructure and redefine our priorities though key strategic investments and capital projects. The budget puts us on a viable trajectory as we take a significant step forward in improving core services - all without increasing the property tax rate for the 29th straight year.

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Special thanks to all of the residents across the city and in District 3 who filled out surveys and participated in the budget process."

The adopted budget includes:
  • $43.1 Million in FY 2022 Budget Operating & Capital Projects for District 3
  • $15.5 Million towards an Infrastructure Management Program to include sidewalks, street maintenance program, and drainage.  This will help address sidewalk gaps, as well as new and existing sidewalks
  • $14.9 Million in Capital Improvements
  • $250 Thousand allocated for a police community station
  • $703 Thousand towards World Heritage Park & Land Acquisition
  • $1.7 Million towards the South Presa Project
  • $1.2 Million towards Mission Road
  • $265 Thousand towards the renovation of the entrance gate to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
  • $400 Thousand towards general park improvements and amenities at Stinson Park/5 Diamonds Little League

For more information about the Fiscal Year 2022 Adopted Budget, visit:

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