Your Tax Dollars and the Symphony

Should your tax dollars be used to help save the San Antonio Symphony?

City Council said “yes” to that question–approving pitching in $50-thousand toward a plan to help stabilize the Symphony’s finances.

“This is the first time all of the donors have come together–and in partnership with the San Antonio Symphony–to work on a financial stability plan” said the City’s Lori Houston, adding the plan comes with some strict conditions.

“They (the Symphony) can not exceed a $7.2 million budget for fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019” Houston said.

The plan found many backers among the Council–including Councilman Roberto Trevino.

“It takes greater courage to say yes to these kind of items–cultural items–in our city” Trevino said.

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales was the lone “No” vote–questioning the Symphony’s future outlook.

“I believe my responsibility is to be a financial steward of our taxpayer dollars–and, I don’t feel it’s good money spent… considering the trouble you’ve had over the years” Gonzales told Symphony leadership.



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