The Chamber membership supported several issues in the November 8 elections, which were approved on voting day. Thank you to the members and the community for getting out the vote on these important initiatives which will have a lasting impact on our community.
For many years, The Chamber has advocated for a change in the leadership at the Bexar Metropolitan Water District (BexarMet). On November 8, 74.49% of voting BexarMet ratepayers decided that the District be dissolved and integrated with the San Antonio Water System (SAWS).
The Department of Justice has 90 days to approve the dissolution, and the legislation provides for the transition taking up to 5 years. The Chamber supported the effort and believes the election will lead to a more reliable, efficient utility with uniform water development rules and the elimination of duplicate services.
San Antonio River Authority Board Election
Congratulations to Hector Morales and Sally Buchanan, two incumbent Board members of the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). Both Morales and Buchanan have served the SARA Board with the highest ethical standards and have been strong representatives of our community. SARA was established to help us preserve and keep our rivers and water resources safe and beautiful. In the San Antonio region in particular, our waterways are literally the lifeblood of our tourism and hospitality industry, as well as one of our most important resources for quality of life and economic development. No other natural resource is more important to us than water.
North East ISD Bond Election
The Chamber also advocated for the passage of the NEISD Bond election. With more early votes than Election Day votes, the bond passed with almost 53% of the votes. The $399,410,000 bond package will fund four critical areas: 1) growth, 2) facility equity and additions, 3) technology, and 4) transportation.
There were 10 proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Texas ballot. Of the 10, all the Propositions passed except for Propositions 4, 7 & 8 which did not pass.
Here is a brief description of each proposition:
Proposition 1 provides property tax exemptions for surviving spouses of disabled veterans;
Proposition 2 allows for capital growth for the Texas Water Development Board;
Proposition 3 supports higher education with general obligation bond funds;
Proposition 4 allows counties to engage in urban renewal activities and positive economic development; (failed)
Proposition 5 allows for cities and counties to enter into interlocal contracts;
Proposition 6 clarifies the distribution of permanent school funds to improve education;
Proposition 7 permits El Paso County to create reclamation districts; (failed)
Proposition 8 supports water stewardship across the state; (failed)
Proposition 9 authorized the Governor to pardon a person who completed deferred adjudication; and
Proposition 10 extends the length of unexpired term which triggers automatic resignation
The Chamber's Position Statement on these Constitutional Amendments is available online and gives more details about all of the propositions. Please download the statement here if you would like more information on these, and The Chamber's reasoning behind our support.