Bexar County Commissioners have given a unanimous thumbs up to a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The plan includes both a small property tax rate decrease, as well as a minimum $13.75 per hour wage for County workers–placing the County firmly on what advocates have called a “path to $15 per hour.”
“For so many years, San Antonio was known as a cheap labor town” Judge Nelson Wolff said ahead of the vote, voicing his strong support for boosting the County’s minimum wage.
“Communities that prosper are ones that pay their employees a decent wage” Wolff added.
Commissioner Tommy Calvert voiced his support for the pay boost.
“That’s huge… making us one of the leaders in the Country with respect to wages” Calvert said, telling KTSA News he’s happy with the budget overall.
“We have seen healthcare and pension costs bankrupt governments–but, we have been able to get a hold of it” Calvert said.
Overall though, Calvert said he’d like to see the County do more to reach young people in future budget planning.
“Beyond midnight basketball…. that’s fine and dandy but we need things like where a young person can get a certification to work as an engineer for Microsoft” Calvert said, adding “What I really want to do is see us get a pipeline of young people trained in information technology jobs. We’re in the information technology era.”