The city is rolling out its budget for fiscal year 2014.
The $2.3 billion proposal comes with millions in spending cuts -- and several rate increases for city services.
As it stands now, the current budget proposal does not include an increase in the property tax rate but it does estimate an increase in property values, which, in turn, means the average citizen will pay about $13 more in property taxes.
The plan also includes some $13 million in spending cuts, which will only impact non-public safety departments.
That translates into the loss of about 150 city positions.
The proposal continues funding for street maintenance, expands three senior centers and focuses on neighborhood revitalization.
Even with those cuts, the proposal increases the city's general fund revenue by about $5.2 million by raising the cost of EMS transports, parks-and-rec fees and library fees.
It also include a 50-cent rate increase for solid waste service.
This proposal is less than 1 percent lower than the 2013 budget, but with a budget shortfall estimated to be between $35 million to $50 million, more spending cuts could be down the road.
"The challenge that we have this year is one that's been building the last few years to try and patch together the deficit," said San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. "As always, where we end up in the middle of September is a little bit different from what's proposed, but I believe that it's a strong budget proposal."
The City of San Antonio budget is scheduled to be adopted on Sept. 12, 2013.
City-wide hearings to be held
Meanwhile, San Antonio residents are invited to provide their feedback on the city's 2014 budget by attending citywide hearings. The hearings are set to begin Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.
Council members and city staff will be available at the hearings to explain important aspects of the proposed budget and answer questions from participants.
All-Area Budget Hearings will begin at 6 p.m. They are scheduled as follows:
- Monday, Aug. 12 - West Area: District 5 Senior Center, 2701 S. Presa St.
- Tuesday, Aug. 13 - North Area: Parkhills Baptist Church, 17747 San Pedro Ave.
- Wednesday, Aug. 14 - Northwest Area: St. Paul’s Community Center, 1201 Donaldson Ave.
- Thursday, Aug. 15 - Central Area: TriPoint YMCA Grantham Center, 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.
- Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Southeast Area: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1314 Fair Ave.
All Citywide Budget Hearings will begin at 6 p.m. They are a scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Wednesday, Sept. 4 - City Council Chambers, 114 W. Commerce St.