SAN ANTONO – The City Council on Thursday adopted a $3.1 billion budget for the 2022 fiscal year that restores many cuts made over the past two years, focuses on critical community needs, responds to crises differently and makes investments to become a more resilient city.

According to a news release, the budget makes strategic investments in immediate needs that emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as public health, housing, senior services, workforce development through the Ready to Work program and a more open and accessible city government.

The street maintenance budget was restored to $110 million, while the sidewalks budget was increased by $3 million, bringing it to $20.8 million.

The budget also adds $5.2 million for Vision Zero pedestrian safety improvements, plus $2.7 million for a comprehensive update of the 2011 Bicycle Master Plan. In addition, the budget provides $1 million for each council district to allocate to needed capital…

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