Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Voice your opinion on SA's proposed budget

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

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This screen grab from a City of San Antonio YouTube video about the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget shows a resident going to a community budget hearing.

San Antonio’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget totals $2.4 billion and residents have a right to question the city council and city manager on how their tax dollars will be spent.

The proposed budget covers all aspects of city spending, from infrastructure to health care deals with the police and fire unions to public service expenditures.

Community budget meetings began Monday and will continue until Thursday. San Antonio City Council members and the city manager will be available at the meetings, which begin at 6:30 p.m. each day, according to a City of San Antonio press release.

Here’s a quick breakdown of your community budget meetings:

  • Tuesday is the East Side meeting and it will be held at Second Baptist Church at 3310 E. Commerce St.;
  • Wednesday is the South Central area meeting, which will be held at the District 5 Senior Center at 2701 S. Presa;
  • On Thursday, West Side residents should visit the St. Paul Community Center at 1201 Donaldson Ave. for the budget meeting; and
  • Also on Thursday, North Side residents should visit Parkhills Baptist Church at 17747 San Pedro Ave.

COSA issued its news release publicizing the community budget meetings a little before 5 p.m. on Monday. There was a community budget meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Margaret Mary Catholic Church for the Southeast area.

And if notice was too short to make the area community budget meetings this week, there are citywide budget meetings that are open to the public. Those meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 114 W. Commerce St. on Wednesday, August 20, and Wednesday, September 10.

San Antonio City Council members will adopt the budget on Sept. 18, and the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.

Residents may also provide budget feedback through budget input boxes at all San Antonio Public Library branches, at City of San Antonio Senior Centers, at City Hall and you can also voice your opinion online by clicking here.

COSA also created a video explaining the proposed budget that you can watch at the bottom of the story, and you can click here to read the entire proposed budget.

For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov/budget or call the Budget Office at (210) 207-8360.



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