City manager unveils $2.8 billion budget plan

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – City Manager Sheryl Sculley has unveiled a proposed $2.8 billion dollar budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

There is no city property tax rate increase, but City Manager Sheryl Sculley told City Council area homeowners are paying higher taxes because property appraisals are up.

The budget calls for an increase in some fees. If you use the large brown 96-gallon garbage container, the fee would increase by $4.32, bringing the total cost to $29 a month. The cost for medium and small brown carts would go down.

“The goal is to incentivize residents to select a smaller brown cart and divert more recyclables into the blue and the green cans,” Sculley told City Council.

She says the budget takes a big step forward in addressing affordable housing, streets and sidewalks.

“$110 million is allocated to streets, continuing with the equity strategy that began last year,” said Sculley.

The budget allocates $25 million for housing, some of which would be used for housing preservation, repairs and neighborhood improvements.

“Chief McManus has enhanced the (police) department’s police recruitment efforts and proposes four academy classes in fiscal year 2019. This will fill the unfilled positions,” said Sculley.

The budget also includes money for 8 additional Parks police officers and five additional Animal Care Services positions.

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