The Budget Division aims to control spending within the City's means, establish and maintain reserves, budget costs with all due transparency, and incorporate economic and long-term planning into the budget process.
The City of San Angelo received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2016-17 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Adoption of 2017 tax year property tax rate
A tax rate of $0.77600 per $100 valuation has been adopted by the governing body of the City of San Angelo. For more details, see the official notice.
Adoption of 2017-18 annual budget
The City of San Angelo conducted public hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, and Tuesday, Sept.19, 2017, concerning its 2017-18 fiscal budget for the period Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018.
A copy of the adopted 2018 fiscal budget has been filed with the City Clerk’s Office, San Angelo City Hall, 72 W. College Ave., and may be reviewed between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The copy of the adopted budget may also be viewed on the link below.
Capital Improvement Plan
Capital Improvement Plans can be found on the Finance subpage.
GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation submission
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City budget enhances public safety, funds raises
2017 was a tough budget year for the City of San Angelo.
A $600,000 sales tax shortfall necessitated slashing expenses. That meant pay raises for police officers only and a reduction in some services, most notably street repairs.
Fortunately, the San Angelo economy has improved and the City seems to have turned a budget corner. The 2018 plan includes two key increases in public safety, a core City service.
The City Council approved Fire Chief Brian Dunn’s request for eight more firefighters to man another front-line ambulance. San Angelo firefighters are trained and serve as the community’s paramedics. The additional ambulance will provide better community coverage, keeping firefighters from being pulled off fire trucks to respond to medical calls on backup ambulances.
The additional firefighters will initially cost $425,328. That expense will grow to $637,220 in 2019.
Responding to Police Chief Frank Carter’s request for more officers, the Council funded five officers at an initial cost of $314,000. The cost will rise to $341,000 in 2019, $360,000 in 2020 and $382,000 in 2021.
Although the five officers represents only half of what Chief Carter believes is warranted, the Council has stated its commitment to continue to grow that number, perhaps funding the remaining five officers in 2019.
The only other added expense in the 2018 budget was pay raises for all City employees. Firefighters, who lagged farthest behind what their peers in other cities earn, received the largest increases of 1 percent to 10 percent, depending upon their rank. Civilian employees received a 1.5-percent raise. Police officers got raises of 1 percent.
The good news is that through the first four months of this fiscal year, sales tax revenue is $430,000 over budget. That trend should give the City Council the flexibility to not only address financial concerns such as growing health insurance costs for City employees, but priorities that were not funded in the current budget.
All the while, the City continues to issue $16 million in bonds every other year to finance the reconstruction and repaving of San Angelo’s bumpiest streets … without raising the property tax rate.