The City of San Antonio will host several town halls this month to discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget, which totals $3.4 billion.
The proposed budget includes rebates for CPS Energy customers, a property tax rate cut, pay bumps for employees, and improvements for infrastructures and facilities, including libraries and parks.
If the budget is approved, CPS Energy customers would receive about $50 million — $5 million for the utility’s assistance program for low-income customers and $45 million for customers.
The $45 million would be distributed in the form of a credit in customers’ October bills and be based on their energy usage in July. The city says the average residential customer would get $31 back.
The proposed budget also includes adding a third terminal to the San Antonio International Airport and improving the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and Alamodome.
Learn more about the details of the budget here.
The budget will be decided on in mid-September, but before that happens, citizens have the opportunity to learn more and share feedback with their councilmembers.
Residents can attend town hall meetings in person or watch them live at www.sanantonio.gov/tvsa or on the City’s Facebook page. Residents can also watch on television channels: AT&T 99, Grande 20, Spectrum 21, and digital antenna 16.1, or listen live by dialing 210-207-5555 and selecting option 1 for English or option 2 for Spanish.
To submit budget questions ahead of the meetings, call 311, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask the question by using #SASpeakUp23 on social media.
Citywide Town Halls
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, virtual only6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, virtual only
District 1 – Councilman Mario Bravo
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, San Antonio College Victory Center at 1819 N. Main Ave.
District 2 – Councilman Jalen McKee – Rodriguez
6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, Second Baptist Church Community Center, 3310 E Commerce St.
District 3 – Councilwoman Phyllis Viagran
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, Southside Lions Senior Center at 3303 Pecan Valley Drive
District 4 – Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia
10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, Traders Village at 9333 SW Loop 410. Evento en español.
District 5 – Councilwoman Teri Castillo
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, Normoyle Senior Center at 700 Culberson Ave.
District 6 – Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, San Antonio Food Bank at 5200 Enrique M Barrera Pkwy.
District 7 – Councilwoman Ana Sandoval
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, Doris Griffin Senior Center at 6157 Northwest Loop 410
District 8 – Councilman Manny Pelaez
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, John Igo Library at 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy
District 9 – Councilman John Courage
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, Walker Ranch Senior Center at 835 W. Rhapsody
District 10 – Councilman Clayton Perry
7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, The Tool Yard at 10303 Toolyard
The proposed budget is an increase in approximately $279 million from the $3.1 billion FY 2022 adopted budget.
Of the proposed budget, $1.5 billion is in the general fund, $64 million is in the capital budget and $1.2 is in restricted funds.
“The budget proposes to put money back in the pockets of our residents and invests in the retention and recruitment of our City employees who are essential in providing City services,” City Manager Erik Walsh said in the release. “The proposed budget reflects both City Council and community priorities, and the City’s commitment to make San Antonio more resilient and vibrant. I look forward to talking with our residents about the proposed budget at our upcoming town hall meetings.”