- Photo Illustration by Chuck Kerr
Even as the City loses $24 million from its general fund, there is no planned tax increase, no terminations of city employees, and a substantial boost for Animal Care Services.
— Michael Barajas
Eliminates 197 positions, about half of which are currently filled. However, to avoid layoffs those employees are to be placed in other vacancies. An across-the-board 2.4 percent cost-of-living increase for city employees, over 1,900 of whom are slated for an average 5.6 percent bump.
Extends benefits to domestic partners of employees, including same-sex couples.
Anticipates loss of $4.65 million in state funding. Center for Health Care Services and the Bexar County Mental Health Agency expected to lose $1.9 million from state budget cuts.
Warns of exploding health-care and pension costs. Annual pension and health-care costs sit at $235 million, roughly a quarter of the entire $946 million General Fund budget.
$382,000 added for increased spay/neuter programs, education, and outreach. $455,000 added for additional kennels at ACS Brooks facility, as well as three additional ACS dispatchers. $2.1 million added to create Brackenridge Animal Adoption Education Center and Clinic.
City expected to lose as much as $28 million in federal funding if cuts being floated in D.C. actually pan out.
District community budget hearings
(All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.)
District 1: Thursday, August 25 at the TriPoint YMCA Grantham Center on 3233 N St. Mary’s St.
District 2: Monday, August 22 at S.J. Davis Middle School on 4702 E Houston St.
District 3: Wednesday, August 17 at Mission Library on 3134 Roosevelt Ave
District 4: Monday, August 29 at Miller’s Pond Gymnasium on 6175 Old Pearsall Rd
District 5: Thursday, August 18 at the District 5 Senior Center on 2701 S Presa St.
District 6: Monday, August 22 at the Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior One Stop Center on 8353 Culebra Rd
District 7: Wednesday, August 24 at St. Mary’s University Conference Room A on 1 Camino Santa Maria
District 8: Tuesday August, 23 at University Methodist Church on 5084 DeZavala Rd
District 9: Thursday, August 25 at Parman Library on 20735 Wilderness Oak