Wolff believes in prudent budgeting


Each year that I have served District 9 on San Antonio City Council, I have proposed a reduction in the property tax rate.  It is city budget season again, and this year I have the support of several of my colleagues in calling for a one-cent cut to the city’s tax rate for FY 2008.  As you may have read, the City Manager is currently advocating a one-sixth of a cent reduction.  This is a good start and I hope it will become the foundation for a trend toward the tax relief District 9 taxpayers deserve.


Prudent budgeting of city dollars is just as vital as the tax rate reduction, and I have advocated a modest increase in spending for basic services such as police, fire and street improvements.  Conversely, I have opposed any increases in funding for programs like Project Quest, as I believe that workforce training is not within the purview of city government.  In May, I successfully passed an ordinance which forces the City to open up all workforce development dollars to a competitive bidding process.


A City Council Public Hearing regarding the FY 2008 Proposed Budget is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. Two more public hearings to discuss the proposed property tax rate are scheduled for August 30th and September 6th in the Council Chamber.You can find the hearing schedule on the City’s website (www.sanantonio.gov), or call my office at (210) 207-7325 for more information.


Thank you for allowing me to serve as your District 9 Councilman.


Kevin A. Wolff