ABOUT SAN ANTONIO
The City of San Antonio is the Nation’s 7th largest city and is home to more than 1.5 million residents. Located in South Central Texas, approximately 140 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, San Antonio offers its residents one of the most attractive and affordable lifestyles in the country. Residents enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the State as well as a plentiful supply of high-quality housing and low utility rates. The economy of San Antonio is an excellent mix of business services, manufacturing, health care, communications, corporate and regional offices, government, and the convention and tourism industry. San Antonio is rich in recreational and cultural opportunities and is home to the San Antonio Spurs.
The world-famous River Walk is the single most visited site in all of Texas. Winding through Downtown San Antonio, this 2.5 mile cobblestone path along the San Antonio River is lined with attractive shops, luxurious hotels, and enticing dining and entertainment venues. The second most visited site in Texas is the historic Alamo, only a short distance away from the River Walk. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the San Antonio Missions, represent the only World Heritage site in Texas. Major Theme Parks include Sea World of Texas and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Other San Antonio attractions are the Tower of the Americas, the Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Art, the San Antonio Symphony, Market Square and a world class Zoo.
San Antonio has a Council-Manager form of government with a ten-member City Council. Council members are elected by District, while the Mayor is elected at-large. The term of office for the Mayor and all members of the City are two-year terms, for not more than four (4) full terms of office. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who appoints all officials in executive positions with the exception of the City Clerk, City Internal Auditor, Presiding Judge, and Municipal Judges.
The City of San Antonio has been recognized for its high level of professional management by the ICMA and National Civic League, amongst others. For ten consecutive years, the City has maintained a AAA bond rating. The Fiscal Year 2020 adopted operating budget is $2.9 billion with close to 13,000 employees across over 30 departments. The City Manager’s Executive Team consists of Department Directors, one Deputy City Manager, four Assistant City Managers, a Chief Financial Officer and a Chief of Staff.