District 9 Participatory Budget Projects Get Underway

Huebner Loop 1604 Intersection

The second year of the District 9 Participatory Budget voting results are in, and the winning projects have been selected. The Participatory or “People’s” Budget, the first and largest of its kind in San Antonio, allows residents of District 9 to vote on how their tax dollars are allocated within their neighborhoods. After securing one million dollars for district improvements, Councilman Courage wanted to use the money on local projects that were of greatest importance to the district. The resident-proposed ideas were separated into three different categories; community (small), neighborhood (medium), and district projects (large).

Along with road and infrastructure improvements, residents chose a few creative proposals. A community garden for the Encino Park Library, animal-proof trashcans for McAllister Park, and harps for the Reagan Area music programs were chosen by voters for the community projects category. A sidewalk gap on Bitters along with a radar feedback sign on Wilderness Oak were the winning selections in the neighborhood section. Voters also chose to support a dedicated right turn lane heading southbound at 1604 in the district category that will help alleviate congestion. At an estimated cost of $750,000, this is the largest project to be chosen by this process in our two-year history.

The winners are now in the implementation phase, and soon residents will reap the benefits of projects in which they had a direct say.  After the positive reception from the public, Councilman Courage and the District 9 team hope to extend this program into its third year.

“We're ready to improve on our first two runs to help produce a process that is wholly by and for the people. A new look and improved structure will help this process reach an even greater number of District 9 residents in 2020,” said Councilman Courage.  The team is currently in the process of completing the selected projects, as well as gearing up for new project suggestions for next year’s People's Budget.

If you have an idea that you want in next year’s budget conversation, please reach out to the District 9 field office at 210.207.0955 or email the office at District9@sanantonio.gov. For more information about the Participatory Budget, visit D9PB.org.

Submitted by Jack Morgan

Speed Feedback Radar on Wilderness OakHarps for Reagan Music Program