City Manager Sheryl Sculley talks to reporters after City Council approved the fiscal year 2017 City Budget on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

City Council Approves $2.5 Billion Budget, Expands Vacant Building Ordinance

San Antonio City Council unanimously approved a $2.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017 Thursday morning that includes increased funding for streets and sidewalks, more police officers, increased minimum wages for City employees, benefits for Council aides, funding for new Smart City initiatives, and a more aggressive commitment to the City’s new comprehensive master plan, SA Tomorrow.

Councilman Rey Saldaña (D4) questions San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley about the proposed budget. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

Police Union Contract Looms Over Budget Discussions

The police union emailed two statements to members of local media and others this week that strongly criticized Councilman Rey Saldaña’s (D4) call to reexamine elements of the proposed contract between the San Antonio Police Officers Association and the City of San Antonio that deal with officer disciplinary procedures.