San Antonio’s public safety agencies need more money to better serve their employees and constituents, two top executives said Wednesday.
City of San Antonio officials are forecasting a $13.2 million budget surplus for fiscal year 2018, but recommended that City Council save it.
The new budget includes an increase to minimum wage for City workers as well as funding for streets, 42 more police officers, 31 new firefighters, and more.
City staff briefed Council members on a proposal to raise the minimum wage for City workers from $13.75 to $14.25 per hour in the fiscal year 2018 budget.
City Council on Wednesday was briefed on the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budgets for the City’s parks and recreation, libraries, and municipal court systems.
City officials and local constituents gathered Tuesday at the Central Library for the fourth installation of Speak Up San Antonio.
Most City Council members said Tuesday that the proposed budget for infrastructure and transportation improvements for fiscal year 2018 could provide equity among all 10 Council districts.
The largest budget in the City’s history will, for the first time, use an “equity lens” to allocate resources where they are needed most.
“Southside First is a nonprofit whose mission is to be the voice of prosperity, community bridging, and responsible development.”
“Equitable” is not a word many would use to describe how San Antonio, and many other cities, spend money. Until now.