City of San Antonio Passes FY 2023 Budget with Record Investments in Infrastructure; Expands City Services; Returns Money to Residents – City of San Antonio

touch: Laura Mayes, 210-207-1337; [email protected]
Michelle Vigil 210-207-4494; [email protected]

San Antonio (September 15, 2022) – Today, the San Antonio City Council passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget. Investing in San Antonio’s ongoing economic recovery through the FY 2023 budget set by City Council and Community Priorities returns funds to taxpayers through property tax credits and CPS energy credits. New York City will make its largest-ever investment in infrastructure and major city amenities — streets, airports, voter-approved Bond plans, convention centers and the Alamodome.

“I am very proud of the city team that provides excellent customer service to our residents and am excited to invest in the recruitment and retention of this team,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “The budget is balanced and will enhance the services our residents expect, while also rewarding them with direct property tax relief and energy credits.”

The fiscal 2023 budget is $3.4 billion. This includes a general fund budget of $1.5 billion.

The passed budget includes $95 million in property tax relief and $50 million in CPS Energy taxpayer credits. The credit will be distributed to the Residential Energy Assistance Partnership (REAP) program in the form of $7.5 million. Of this, $5.5 million will be used immediately to help eligible customers access a line of credit of up to $300, up to their total overdue balance. The other $42.5 million will provide direct credit on CPS Energy customers’ November or December bills. Customers can opt out and reallocate their credit to REAP to help low-income customers or climate change, including minor repairs.

“This budget maintains a number of city services while providing residents with the most financial relief in recent history, including lower property taxes and expanded property exemptions for homeowners,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

property tax relief

The passed budget will provide immediate relief to San Antonio residents by increasing property tax exemptions and lowering the city’s property tax rate.

In June, the mayor and city council approved $22.5 million in additional property tax deductions for a total of $95 million, increasing the city’s homestead exemption from 0.1% to 10% and the city’s over-65 exemption from $65,000 up to $85,000, and the city’s disability personal exemption of $12,500 to $85,000. New York City is reducing its property tax rate by 1.67 cents, from 55.827 cents to 54.161 cents per $100 worth of value.

San Antonio is one of the few cities in Texas that offers tax exemptions for people over 65 and disabled. This is the 30th consecutive year that the tax rate has not been raised.

Employee Retention and Recruitment
The passed budget invests in retaining and recruiting city employees by raising entry wages to $17.50 an hour and providing an overall increase of 5 percent for all civilian employees. In addition, there will be at least a 2% market rate adjustment, with larger adjustments for certain jobs. The pay increases for uniformed police and firefighters will be in line with their respective collective bargaining agreements. Residents interested in joining the city team can apply on the city website.

community infrastructure investment
The city has also made its largest-ever investment in infrastructure and major city facilities — streets, sidewalks, bike facilities, airports, voter-approved Bond plans, the convention center and the Alamodome.

  • Bond Program: In fiscal 2023, New York City begins the largest bond program in New York City history. The budget includes $160 million to begin implementing the 2022 voter-approved bond program. The adopted budget has also improved the ability to manage and deliver bond projects – 38 positions have been added across nine departments.
  • Infrastructure maintenance: The approved budget invests $154 million in infrastructure maintenance, including $116 million for streets, $21 million for sidewalks, $2 million for alley maintenance, and an increase of nearly $3 million for new transportation signal lights. The passed budget also adds another sidewalk maintenance crew.
  • San Antonio Airport: The city prepares for a terminal redevelopment plan that will add a third terminal to San Antonio International Airport, as well as a new ground transportation center, parking lot and terminal road realignment. It is the largest urban capital project and a major source of economy for the region. The budget increases resources to manage and deliver the project – 30 new positions in the airport and support departments.
  • Convention Center and Alamo Dome: The approved budget includes $35.3 million to begin a six-year, $160 million capital improvement program for the convention center and the Alamodom.
  • New York City is also investing $400,000 to support businesses that may be impacted by city-building projects.

Community Resilience and Vitality

  • Housing Affordability and Housing Bonds: New York City continues to focus on housing affordability. The approved budget includes $136 million in affordable housing, resulting in 2,500 new housing units. Between FY 2023 and FY 2027, the City will invest approximately $316 million in total through bond funds, general funds, CDBG, HOME and other grant funds. The City also added two new housing navigator positions to help owners and tenants achieve code compliance and full service when needed.
  • garden: The approved budget will invest in parks and recreation improvements in fiscal 2023. This includes $7.7 million in renovations and improvements to 17 park facilities, and $400,000 to enhance New York City’s summer youth program. A total of $477,000 has been added to expand the park’s pool season, including extending all pool hours by one hour during the summer.
  • library: The approved budget includes $4.7 million in new investments in the library system. $3.2 million will be used for renovations and improvements to eight library facilities. $1.5 million for library materials will increase the availability of library books and materials; $74,000 will support the expanded Texas Resource Center, which will open in summer 2023.

public health and safety

  • healthy: Metro Health’s total investment will increase by $5.8 million. Of this, $2 million per year for a five-year partnership with UT Health and UTSA to establish the School of Public Health, $3.8 million for SA Forward’s second year of funding to support access to care, food systems, mental health , violence prevention, health equity and social justice, technology and infrastructure, and operations.
  • Safety:

    • police: The approved budget adds 78 new police positions and $5.1 million in new funding — 50 of which are expected to be supported through DOJ’s COPS Recruitment Grant to address UTSA’s Violence Reduction Program recommendations and 28 Added position to provide supervisory oversight of the New North St. Mary’s Police Department, which is expected to be completed by January 2024.
    • fire: The approved budget added 21 new uniformed positions, including a recommendation for a new ladder company with 15 new positions for Fire Station 45 and six new firefighters for the medical emergency unit at Fire Station 24. In addition, three replacement fire stations are included as part of the six-year capital plan.
    • Mental Health: The approved budget sets aside $2 million for the potential expansion of New York City’s SACore Mental Health Response Team. The SACore team responds to 911 mental health calls with a team of clinicians, police and paramedics.

  • small companies: The passed budget increases New York City’s investment in the LiftFund Loan Interest Buy Down program from $250,000 to $500,000, and an increase of $300,000 to support the small business ecosystem. In addition, an additional $150,000 was added to help small businesses with noise reduction efforts.

Other highlights

  • Animal Care Services: Add resources to support veterinary clinics and enhance customer service. In addition, the passed budget increases funding for emergency overflow kennel facilities and for upgrading and repairing animal playgrounds.
  • Code execution: $230,000 in new funding: Add two Code Officers, begin proactive inspections of apartment complexes, and add a Code Compliance Family Support Liaison.
  • Human services: $3.9 million in new funding to support homeless outreach and a hotline; funding to support the lease and operation of a high-sensitivity homeless hotel; operation of a multi-generational center, completed as part of the 2017 bond program; and funding for technical and social services for older adults. In addition, funding has been increased for each council area to provide community organisations access to integrated aged centres after normal business hours.
  • Solid waste: The passed budget adds a second illegal dumper. Solid Waste Management will improve routes to reduce the number of houses on each route, provide a more balanced collection route and increase collection from four to five days a week.
  • Development Services Fund: There are no additional costs in the budget. Six posts have been added to address increased development activity in the community.
  • Sustainability Office: The approved budget allocates three positions to support the implementation of the SA Climate Readiness Plan and supports the Office of Sustainability in executing priorities around urban sustainability, community climate action initiatives and sustainable transport. The approved budget also includes eight energy efficiency projects and two positions to support the projects (funded by the Energy Efficiency Fund).
  • The City of New York will increase funding for Martin Luther King, Jr. March from $100,000 to $300,000. The funds will support production of the nation’s largest MLK March.
  • Reposition a position to address crime and recidivism.

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