Planning for the fiscal year 2021-2022 San Antonio budget is now underway, and the City of San Antonio is providing several opportunities for you to offer feedback.
Go to SAspeakup.com and click on the “speak up” tab to fill out a survey about what you think the city should prioritize in the upcoming budget.
Or, text “SASpeakUp” to 55000 to take the survey on a mobile device. The survey is currently available in English and Spanish and will close Monday, June 21.
The city will also host two telephone town hall meetings at 6 p.m. on June 22-23, where residents are invited to share thoughts about restoring programs cut in fiscal year 2020-2021. You can register in advance up to three hours before the meeting and will receive a call once the meeting begins. Click here to register.
As San Antonio begins to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the survey and telephone town hall meetings offer residents a chance to weigh in as City Council members decide which programs and departments need investment or divestment.
“We encourage the entire community to complete the budget survey, it is one of the most important ways residents can help guide the city’s budget making process,” City Manager Erik Walsh said in a press release. “The pandemic has brought more needs and with budget restraints we need input to balance the budget so that we can continue providing critical services to our residents and prioritize areas of need.”
On Friday, June 25, the City Council will hold the first of several goal-setting sessions for the budget. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in Meeting Room 221, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E. Market St. The meeting will also be available on AT&T (channel 99), Grande (channel 20), Spectrum (channel 21), via digital antenna (channel 16), or at sanantonio.gov/TVSA and Facebook.com/COSAGOV. The meeting can also be accessed by calling (210) 207-5555.
San Antonio native Maggie Ryan is pursuing a bachelor’s of arts in English Language and Literature/Letters at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She is interning at the Heron through Students + Startups, a program by the 80/20 Foundation that pairs undergrad students with local companies and nonprofits. She can be reached at email@example.com or @m_rrye on Twitter.