Upon news that the city of San Marcos could soon be officially designated as “the mermaid capital of Texas,” the Texas Public Policy Foundation submitted the following Public Information Act request:

“Please provide a list of mermaid-related expenses in fiscal year 2020. City expenditures may include (but are not limited to): marketing, advertising, public art, parades, repair, etc. Include all expenditures irrespective of fund type.”

In response, city officials provided the information below, which covers a wide range of mermaid-related activities and expenses—much of which unfolded during difficult economic times and widespread joblessness.