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4/17/2012

"Build SA Now" Campaign Launched

An all-star cast of San Antonio leaders recently kicked off the “Build SA Now” campaign in support of the City of San Antonio 2012-2017 Bond Program. Some of the star promoters ere Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez,  Mayor Julián Castro and the Tri-Chairs of the Bond Campaign Mayor Emeritus Lila Cockrell, former Chamber Chairman Carri Baker Wells and Dr. Tessa Martinez Pollack, President of Our Lady of the Lake University.

On May 12, San Antonio residents will have the opportunity to vote in support of $596 million in capital improvements for the city including better streets, safer sidewalks, reduced flooding and new and improved parks, libraries, fire stations and museums.

The Bond projects were identified over several months by four citizen committees. The committees, comprised of 128 community members, heard from hundreds of concerned and interested citizens and toured the project areas by bus late last fall.

The City Council unanimously approved 140 projects that are included in the following five infrastructure categories:

  • Streets, Bridges & Sidewalks – 41 projects – $337.44 million
  • Drainage & Flood Control – 17 projects – $128.03 million
  • Parks, Recreation & Open Space – 68 projects – $87.15 million
  • Library, Museum & Cultural Arts Facilities – 11 projects – $29.03 million
  • Public Safety Facilities – 3 projects – $14.35 million

The proposed bond program does not include an increase in the City’s property tax rate and does not include funding or projects for VIA’s streetcar program. With the City’s AAA bond rating, it is in a strong fiscal position to build these projects and address the essential needs in infrastructure.

The Greater Chamber supports and endorses the 2012-2017 City Bond Program and believes it is vital to our community’s future economic competitiveness by addressing priority infrastructure needs and improving our quality of life. We value the City’s commitment to utilize local businesses for project design and construction. Our support is based on the 2012 Bond Program’s incorporation of the following key core principles:

  • Bond proceeds will be applied in accordance with a thorough citizens input process that incorporated careful and deliberate review of recommended projects that are strategically allocated throughout the City
  • Transparency and accountability with the use of  a comprehensive on-line tracking tool and the utilization of the existing Citizen Bond Oversight Commission
  • Investments align with the aspirations of SA2020
  • Sound fiscal long term planning that allows the city, with its top bond rating, to make major, strategic bond investments every 4 to 5 years without a tax increase

Early voting begins April 30 and runs through May 8. More information about the 2012-2017 Bond Program is available at http://www.ci.sat.tx.us/.

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