San Antonio, Texas
|San Antonio, Texas|
|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||2015|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||2015|
|City council seats:||10|
|2014 FY Budget:||$2,300,000,000|
White Not-Hispanic 26.6%
African American 6.9%
Native American 0.9%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More 3.4%
|Median household income:||$44,937|
|High school graduation rate:||80.0%|
|College graduation rate:||24.2%|
|Related San Antonio offices|
|Texas Congressional Delegation • Texas State Legislature • Texas state executive offices|
Office of the Mayor
|Current members, San Antonio City Council|
|1||Diego M. Bernal|
|2||Ivy R. Taylor|
|3||Rebecca J. Viagran|
San Antonio's legislative body is the City Council, made up of ten members from ten council districts. The Council's duties include appointing the City Manager, Municipal Court Judges, City Clerk City Auditor and members of the City's various boards and commissions. The City Council meets every Thursday at 9:00 A.M.
The adopted budget for fiscal year 2014 totals $2.3 billion, and includes collective bargaining wage increases for police and fire departments, infrastructure maintenance, neighborhood revitalization, economic development in downtown neighborhoods and increased senior care capacity.
The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from October 1 to September 31 of the next year. The Office of Management and Budget is responsible for developing the city's budget. The process begins with public hearings throughout the city. Next, a five year forecast is presented to the City Council prior to developing a budget, so that future revenues and expenses are taken into account. After receiving public input and a service priorities list from City Council, the City Manager and City Staff create the budget proposal. The City Council may then make any changes before adopting the budget. The deadline for budget adoption is September 27. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.
Office of the City Clerk
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:45 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Office of the Mayor
100 Military Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:45 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
The City of San Antonio paid for $160,000 in federal lobbying in 2013. The city filed for five issues relating to Federal Budget & Appropriates, two issues relating to Transportation and one issue relating to Aviation, Airlines & Airports.
The City of San Antonio has a PDF of all registered lobbyists available on the City Clerk's website.
- See also: Bexar County, Texas ballot measures
Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 1,359,758. San Antonio is a charter city. Signature requirement is 10% of the electors qualified to vote at the time of the last regular municipal election. Petition form requirements are in the San Antonio Charter, Art. IV, Sec. 36. File petitions with the city clerk. After certification, the council has 60 days to pass or submit at a special or regular municipal election not less than 30 nor more than 90 days from the date the council takes its final vote thereon. Charter specifies that cannot use initiative for ordinances appropriating money, levying a tax, granting a franchise, or fixing public utility rates; as well as ordinances zoning or rezoning property.
- See also: Texas public pensions
John Foddrill and Michael Cuellar, two San Antonio citizens and former employees of the city, claimed they found inaccuracies with city contracts and filed multiple FOIA requests and made repeated efforts to contact city officials. According to Texas Public Radio (TPR), the two men did not receive the information they wanted and were both banned from attending city council meetings and were banned from city hall. The city attorney told TPR that if the police department determines someone is a threat, the individual can be prevented from coming onto city property. No information was provided as to the specifics of the restraining order.
|Transparency grading process|
- The names and contact information of all city council members, as well as the Mayor and his staff, are available.*The city council meeting agendas, minutes, and meeting schedule are published.
- Administrators are listed with phone numbers and physical addresses; email addresses are not always provided on the department pages.
- Open Records Request procedures, as well as a way of checking the status of record requests, are provided.
- The current budget is published.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are posted.
- Monthly City Check Registers are posted.
- Information about obtaining building permits is provided, as well as city zoning ordinances.
- Local tax information is provided.
- Bidding and contracting opportunities are posted. Awarded contracts and contract documents are not available.
- Email addresses are not provided for administrative officials.
- Lobbying information is not disclosed.
- Official city website
- Office of the Mayor
- San Antonio City Council
- San Antonio Office of Budget and Management
- United States Census Bureau, "American Fact Finder," accessed April 24, 2014
- City of San Antonio, "Office of the Mayor," accessed May 22, 2014
- City of San Antonio, "Julian Castro Biography," accessed May 22, 2014
- City of San Antonio, "About Us," accessed May 22, 2014
- City of San Antonio, "City Council Meetings," accessed May 22, 2014
- City of San Antonio, "Budget Development - FY2015," accessed May 22, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of San Antonio, TX," accessed May 22, 2014
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- Texas Public Radio, "Banned From City Hall: The City Responds And The ACLU Reacts," January 18, 2013
- City Council
- City Manager
- Open Government
- Budget and Finance
- Permits & License Division
- Tax Assessor-Collector
- Bidding & Contracting Opportunities
- Intent to Award
- Bid Tabulation