Last week, members of San Antonio’s City Council were shown the mammoth $2.7 billion, FY 2018 city budget and offered at-first-glance comments. The budget was crafted through a so-called “equity lens” — some districts are due to receive more funding to address long-term imbalances in infrastructure and services.
The city’s top example is street improvements, which also ranked as the No. 1 priority among 6,000 survey results the city gathered from citizens in April and May.
In response, city staff is recommending an additional $30 million in street upgrades — for a total of $99 million — go toward Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10, where the average street conditions are considered substandard. City Manager Sheryl Sculley told council members at last week’s meeting that other districts won’t see a decrease in their streets funding.
Starting tonight, the public gets its chance to weigh in on streets and all other aspects of the budget — from public safety to parks to neighborhood services. Tonight’s meeting will be held 5:30-7:30 at Phil Hardberger Urban Ecology Center, 8400 N.W. Military Highway.