San Antonio: Councilwoman Sandoval’s Remarks on FY 2022 City Budget

CONTACT: Matteo Treviño

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 16, 2021) — City Council adopted the FY 2022 City Budget. Councilwoman Sandoval released the following statements:

"This budget moves forward a number of this council's priorities: Public health. Equity. Streets and sidewalks. Affordable housing. Arts and culture. It's a budget that does right by the residents of District 7.

"I know, for example, just how much my neighbors look forward to seeing the Forest Hills Library repaired and new crosswalks to keep our pedestrians safe.

"I'm particularly proud that the budget funds a childcare stipend to help parents who volunteer on City Boards & Commissions, activates our underused greenspaces, invests in language accessibility, and supports the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute.

"But the gem of today's budget is the historic investment in our public health efforts. Today's proposed budget increases the health budget to $81 million. This allows us to immediately begin growing our investments in Mental Health, Social Justice and Health Equity, and Increasing access to healthcare. The department's strategic growth plan has dozens of initiatives ready to be launched and improve the lives of our children, families, and seniors. Every dollar we put into public health is a dollar spent on making sure our residents lead long, flourishing lives.

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"I want to commend City staff for their stellar work and ingenuity. I also want to sincerely thank the residents who have contacted my office to give their input, taken this year's budget survey, and those who came to share remarks on today's budget. We cannot craft a budget that reflects community priorities without you participating in the process.

The FY 2022 City Budget funds the following improvements in District 7:
  • Over $10.9 million for street maintenance
  • $1.7 million for sidewalk improvements
  • $400,000 for Pembroke Road Drainage Improvement
  • $1.5 million for repairs at the Forest Hills Branch Library (affected by the winter storm)
  • $500,000 for the second phase of the Bandera Road Corridor Plan within Loop 410
  • $2,250,000 for upgrades at District 7 parks and community centers

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