2013 budget presented to SA City Council

64 percent of budget set aside for fire, police

SAN ANTONIO - The city's Fiscal Year 2013 proposed annual budget is in. On Thursday morning, City Manager Sheryl Scully presented it to the San Antonio City Council.

She said public safety is a big priority, which is why 64 percent of the proposed 2013 budget is set aside for fire and police.

She said the money will not only go toward a 3 percent pay increase for police and a 3.4 percent increase for fire, but it will also go toward hiring more personnel in both departments.

"Over the past six years, we have added 500 police officers and firefighters to our total workforce," said Scully. "So we have focused our resources on the things that are most important to the public and this year we are doing it again."

Scully said there is also an emphasis on neighborhood revitalization, which includes improvements to code enforcement, animal care services and infrastructure.

"We are really focused on those areas of greatest need," said Scully. "So some of the central city neighborhoods, but also pockets throughout the entire city where there are some special needs."

The city manager also stated Thursday that streets and sidewalks are also a big concern for the public, which is why she said the city will be working on improvements there over the next five years.

"There are many areas of the city that have been waiting for sidewalks for many years," said Scully. "We maintain 4,000 miles of streets and so the task is daunting. Nonetheless, we are focused on improving mobility within our neighborhoods."

The fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.

Scully said city leaders will meet over eight workshops on the budget before it is finalized in September.


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