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Buoyed By Rising Economy, Obama Calls For Spending Surge

Jan 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners Tuesday approved a nearly $1.7 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

Officials say higher property values allowed the county to lower the tax rate while increasing services for family justice, neighborhoods, and public safety.

County commissioners took a long look at a law enforcement budget request and in the end, approved the largest program change, according to Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, in anyone’s memory.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio’s texting-while-driving ban is four years old and some city officials, like District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher, don’t think it is working well enough.

Last week Gallagher proposed revising the current cell phone ordinance, which prohibits use of a mobile phone except for dialing or talking, to make it even stricter.

Gallagher’s proposal is to prohibit use of mobile phones entirely, except for in a hands-free capacity. A news release outlined the councilman's concerns that more than 90,000 crashes across the state in 2012 were linked to distracted driving. 

Eileen Pace

  

On Tuesday the Bexar County manager unveiled a budget proposal that would lower the county’s property tax rate in fiscal 2015.

The proposed budget includes investments in law enforcement, mental health programs and the justice system.

Next year’s budget proposes to lower the property tax rate by 1.2 cents per $100 valuation after commissioners voted unanimously for a deeper cut than that recommended by the county manager.

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Public Library and the city are hoping to get more funds from Bexar County to run its public library system -- a lot more money. SAPL would like the county to pay $6.38 million, which is nearly double the $3.78 million the county already contributes.

Part of their rationale is that the county makes up 19% of SAPL users, but less than that percent of the funds.

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