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SA councilman voices concerns about budget amendment

Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina wants to prioritize needs over wants

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SAN ANTONIO – District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is following up on a letter he sent to his constituents last week expressing frustration about the way money was allocated in the budget amendment.

"Key core services, that is the No. 1 priority of city government, and we're delaying that so we can fund nice city wants, but not needs," Medina said.

District 7 has a lot of infrastructure needs, Medina explained, like sidewalks, curbs and road repairs.

"To essentially defer the funding last week at Council about $9 million for street maintenance projects, $900,000 for District 7, that was a tough pill to swallow," Medina said.

The City Council also decided to delay a firefighter's cadet class and a city paramedics unit, other core city services Medina thinks should be more important than the Witte Museum expansion project.

He thinks the $8 million that has been allocated would be better spent on street maintenance and public safety obligations.

"At the end of the day, it's the expectation of the residents to fund the projects that were promised. Those projects were promised in the fiscal year 2015 budget," Medina said.