Zanoni Takes Proposed Budget To The Streets

Brady Chandler 
Southside Light News
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Downtown—He has not been on the job all that long but Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni is taking his $1.1 billion municipal budget proposal out to the streets over the next coming days and that public input tour of the community began tonight. in a city that is generally skeptical of things that sound too good to be true, Zanoni might face an easier sell than what most would expect. 

Part of the reasoning behind that might be due to Zanoni being an outsider and not an established homer who does not see Corpus Christi as a quaint little bedroom community situated along the Texas coast. The other part of it may very well be due to the fact that Zanoni has some real experience from outside of the bubble. No matter how you look at it, the Zanoni era is starting off on the right foot and progress is already being made. 

In his first budget, Zanoni pitched a sizable $1.1 billion dollar plan to residents and taxpayers. In that plan residents see some $128 million dollars for street maintenance and reconstruction—a historic number for this city. 

His plan also boosts up the general fund of $271.1 million dollars, creating more money for growth and improvements as the city grows. Zanoni pointed out Monday evening to residents of District 1 that the money raised came mostly from property tax increases sales tax revenue growth. And as he had explained before, the additional money would be used to better fund street improvements and boost up the police, fire and parks and recreation departments.

Though some may disagree with the philosophy, Zanoni was able to recover around $4.5 million dollars in savings by eliminating unneeded outside contracts for street programs, as well as those for utility and engineering services. 

“What you have here is a guy who recognizes that you have a city that has padded pockets here for a very long time,” said District 1 resident Alfonso Cantu. “I don’t know, but I think he’s making sense.” 

Making sense is not something that city residents are used too here in Corpus Christi. In fact, it seems that backslapping politics had become the norm. But as the city and council evolve it also seems that the old ways and old days are going away, too—and that is exactly what many feel is happening right off the bat in the Zanoni era. 


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