Budget season in San Antonio has arrived.
The city is proposing a $2.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2019, focusing on public safety, infrastructure, parks, and affordable housing, among other issues.
Want to weigh in on the issues and learn more about the city's goals?
There are several public meetings scheduled over the next month where citizens can ask questions and mingle with city officials. The series is part of the SASpeakUp campaign to raise awareness about the city budget process and gather feedback from the community.
"These events are really for folks to come in and take a deep dive into the proposed budget," city spokeswoman Laura Mayes said.
She said each meeting will begin with a budget presentation followed by an open house-style event where attendees can talk to officials from various city departments.
She said the meetings will be family friendly with activities for children and raffle prizes.
The meeting times and dates are:
» 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive
» 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 Northwest Military Highway
» 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Palo Alto College Student Center, 1400 W. Villaret Boulevard (in Spanish)
» 9-11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
» 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St.
» 9-11 a.m. Sept. 1 at Pearsall Park, 4838 Old Pearsall Road (in Spanish)
These public meetings are in addition to City Council work sessions, where council members take deep dives into various portions of the budget. These meetings happen at the Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W. Commerce St. and can be watched live here. Click here for a schedule.
For more information on the budget, click here.
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