San Antonio: Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran’s Statement on Final Passage of FY 2021 Operating and Capital Budget

CONTACT: Ruben G. Lizalde, (210) 419-4945

San Antonio (September 17, 2020) - Today, we adopt a $2.9 billion balanced budget with a focus on City Council and community priorities brought forward despite an estimated $127 million in reduced revenues. Even with significant reductions, this year's budget has no increase a new fiscal reality, but what we have is a balanced budget, we are maintaining City Services and no tax increase.

 Since taking office in 2013, I have always approached the budget process focusing on balancing the needs of my constituents while maintaining essential city services. Due to the changing conditions brought upon by this global pandemic, the Districts interests have remained the same which is investing in our neighborhoods and providing resources to its constituency.

 This year's budget includes several measures addressing inequities.

 The adopted budget, includes:
  • $61 million in FY 2021 Budget Operating & Capital Projects for District 3      District 3 received the most dollars in Sidewalks that will help us address our sidewalk gaps, new and existing sidewalks      Continue planning our Public Safety Substation that will be one of a kind.      Approving $120,000 to add 12 VIVA SA Healthy Corner stores in Districts 1, 2, 4 and 7, while maintaining support for the 8 stores currently in operation in District 3 providing healthy food access      Allocating $27.5 million to assist residents at risk of displacement and facilitate the development of affordable housing

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 As the pandemic prolongs, we as a city have stepped up to continue to provide emergency housing assistance. There was such a strong need, it was paramount to take action to assist those families dealing with the financial burdens due to the unforeseen nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 As a result, I redirected $145,000.00 from my own District 3 budget to the Emergency Assistance Fund in order to provide direct assistance specifically to District 3 households struggling to pay their rent or in need of emergency assistance.
 I want to thank all the organizations, and residents that came out, and met with us as we looked to restructure and redefine what policing means.

  "Although as my last budget, I had envisioned so much more, but, in the middle of a global pandemic, this budget is something we all need to be very proud of." said Councilwoman Viagran. "Today's budget is a direct reflection of our City's core values, district priorities, and constituent positions."stats

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