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City council approves $375K bailout for San Antonio Pets Alive

City leaders voting on mid-year adjustments to budget

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE: The San Antonio City Council has approved a $375,000 bailout for San Antonio Pets Alive.

The nonprofit, which opened in 2012, is the only rescue in the Alamo City that solely saves animals from the city's Animal Care Services euthanasia list. It contributes 18 percent to the city's save rate, according to ACS officials.

The $375,000 was slated to come with certain requirements, including a city seat on the SAPA board, a $150,000 match, hiring a new CEO in 60 days and the release of an RFP for operations at the adoption center.

 

 

PREVIOUSLY: City leaders will meet on Thursday to discuss and vote on a revised FY 2016 budget.

The revised numbers will take into account actual revenues and expenditures from Oct. 2015 to March.

The budget passed by City Council last September anticipated that a new collective bargaining agreement between the city and police union would be ratified. That has not happened.

Through the first six months, the city’s budget remains balanced but sales tax and CPS Energy revenues are down. The city has saved money thanks to lower gas prices.

City staff is recommending SA Pets Alive receive an additional $375,000 this year, under certain requirements, including: a city seat on SAPA board, $150,000 match, hiring a new CEO in 60 days and release of RFP for operations at the adoption center.

Other proposed changes include:

  • Converting 30 temporary positions at the 911 call center to full-time
  • Reclassifying three firefighters to engineers, converting two temporary civilian positions to full-time
  • Spending $300,000 on Alamodome locker room improvements
  • Spending $400,000 on parks -- $200,000 on softball improvements at Lincoln Park and another $200,000 for a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Click here to read the entire FY 2016 adopted operating and capital budget.

    The “Six Plus Six” financial report will be presented to council during the “B” session with an information briefing on this year’s revenues and expenses.

    Though the council is expected to vote on a revised budget, should the mid-year budget adjustment not be implemented, the FY 2016 budget will not be reset to reflect money the city took in and spent during the first six months of the fiscal year.