Council Taking One More Look at Budget Plan

San Antonio City Council is taking one last look at the proposed budget this afternoon before voting on it tomorrow.

“It’s a $2.5 billion budget that addresses community priorities without increasing our property tax rate,” Mayor Ivy Taylor said on the Trey Ware Morning Show on KTSA.

Taylor notes that while the city continues to grow, they’ve managed to balance the budget without raising taxes. However, they have to make up the revenue elsewhere.

“A portion of our budget comes from CPS Energy revenues, various fees and sales tax, in addition to the property tax,” she said.

While the city tax rate remains unchanged, most area residents are paying higher taxes because property values are up.

Taylor says they did manage to save some money by coming to terms with the San Antonio Police Officers Association on a collective bargaining agreement, which has officers picking up the tab on health care benefits for family members.

The mayor expects there will be some revisions to the budget this afternoon.

Council members have been pressured by COPS/Metro to raise the entry-level wage for city employees to $14 with a pathway to a $15 minimum wage the following year.

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