All through the pandemic, you’ve come to depend on your metropolis authorities greater than ever — for life-saving updates concerning the virus, the place to get a vaccine, emergency housing help, and restoration from extreme climate to the day-to-day metropolis companies like trash pickup, protected streets and sidewalks, and police and fireplace companies. Metropolis authorities touches each facet of your day by day life, and I’m proud to suggest a finances that delivers companies in an equitable approach, restores cuts remodeled the previous two years, focuses on important wants which have emerged from the pandemic, responds to crises in a different way, and invests in our neighborhood’s resiliency.
The Fiscal Yr 2022 proposed finances is $3.1 billion. The Normal Fund is $1.3 billion, a 5.6 p.c improve over the prior yr. The proposed finances makes use of some — roughly $97.5 million — federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to stabilize the town’s finances and handle the neighborhood’s speedy wants, with the steadiness to be allotted following enter from our residents and Metropolis Council.
Restores cuts made during the last two years
The proposed finances restores cuts that had been made to the town’s infrastructure companies. We keep greater than 4,000 miles of streets and will probably be addressing 1,286 avenue tasks in FY 2022. We’re persevering with to focus investments within the areas of most want, to make sure an equitable method to infrastructure. We’re investing $20.8 million for sidewalks ($3 million greater than FY 2020) to create or restore 61 extra miles of sidewalks. We’re additionally investing $6.2 million in Imaginative and prescient Zero pedestrian security enhancements and $2.7 million to replace the town’s Bicycle Grasp Plan. We’ll want your enter on that plan and I stay up for that course of.
The proposed finances additionally features a 5% pay improve in compensation for metropolis workers. All through the pandemic our workers have taken on many roles, similar to supporting contact tracing operations or distributing meals to households in want. They’ve additionally been caring for his or her households whereas making certain that our residents have entry to the town companies they want, by way of the pandemic, winter storm, and different crises we’ve confronted.
Financial growth stays a precedence, and the finances restores $4.9 million in financial growth incentives to draw jobs to our neighborhood and $550,000 to help small companies with acquiring the bonding essential to do enterprise with the town and different giant organizations. The proposed finances additionally restores Arts & Tradition funding to its FY 2019 ranges.
Give attention to important points rising from the pandemic
Indubitably, the pandemic has make clear the various challenges our neighborhood faces. By our annual SASpeakUp on the finances survey, our residents prioritized public well being, housing, senior companies, and workforce and financial growth. In our June finances work session, Metropolis Council additionally shared their help for these priorities.
We’re investing $16.3 million in further funding for Metro Well being. This funding will implement Yr 1 of the division’s Strategic Development Plan. The Strategic Development Plan will create a extra coordinated method to public well being, with a concentrate on psychological well being, well being justice, entry to care, and know-how infrastructure.
The proposed finances additionally contains $32.8 million for inexpensive housing and provides new neighborhood navigators to assist residents, particularly our seniors, discover help and assets accessible to them.
Responding to crises in a different way
In response to the communitywide dialogue fostered by the town about policing, the FY 2022 proposed finances responds to crises in a different way by introducing a multidisciplinary response staff consisting of a paramedic, well being clinician, and police officer to collectively reply to psychological well being calls. Group advocates will even be part of law enforcement officials to reply to home violence, homelessness, psychological well being and substance abuse calls. And sure nonemergency calls, similar to complaints about loud music, barking canine, and fireworks, will probably be initially dealt with by different metropolis departments.
My imaginative and prescient for the San Antonio Police Division is to have the very best police division within the nation, when it comes to accountability, coaching, and neighborhood engagement. Over the previous yr, we’ve requested our residents to inform us what their expectations of police encounters are and have taken an in depth take a look at what requires service may very well be responded to in a different way. This method will higher join individuals in disaster to companies and can give the police division extra capability to strengthen their relationship with our neighborhood. This work ought to by no means finish as we proceed to remain engaged with our total neighborhood.
One other nice enchancment is the San Antonio Hearth Division’s medical dispatch program that enables 911 name takers to supply telemedicine to residents. This system will probably be expanded, releasing up ambulance and paramedic assets to reply to important emergencies.
Develop into extra resilient to future climate occasions and different disruptions
All of us skilled the extreme, unprecedented climate situations by way of Winter Storm Uri and realized some beneficial classes. The proposed finances contains investments in emergency preparedness and training in order that our metropolis is extra ready and resilient to future climate occasions and might keep away from disruptions.
Throughout these extraordinary occasions, I take nice pleasure in proposing a finances that prioritizes important wants and is constructed on a basis of effectivity and fairness. I’ve loved reviewing the proposed finances in depth with you, in addition to speaking with our residents on the city corridor conferences.
Make your voice heard
There are nonetheless a couple of extra alternatives to become involved within the finances course of. You possibly can attend public hearings on Wednesday, Sept. 8, and Tuesday, Sept. 14.
I additionally need to prolong an invitation to our citywide Phone City Corridor on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. It is a city corridor assembly you may take part in from the consolation of your own home and even ask your questions straight to the town employees or share your suggestions. It’s simpler than ever to make your voice heard. Pre-register right here and we are going to name you when it’s time for the assembly to start.