This proposition authorizes the City of San Antonio to issue bonds, the proceeds from which will be used to make permanent public improvements to streets, bridges and sidewalks, as well as other improvements necessary or related to the following, including, but not limited to: bicycle lanes, landscaping, relocation of utilities, street lighting, technology improvements and signage. This proposition will also provide acquisition of lands and rights-of-way necessary for such purposes and for the acquiring and installation of public art related to the proposition.

Total allocated: $445.263 Million

Percent of total bond: 52%

Number of projects: 64

$4.4 billion is needed to build and reconstruct streets in San Antonio. This is a serious need given the expected almost doubling of population by 2040. San Antonio also has 2,155 miles of sidewalk gaps that will cost almost $1 billion to build. The needs are great and the 2017 Bond takes a major step to improve streets and install sidewalks all throughout San Antonio.

Source: City of San Antonio

General statement:
– The bonds allocation of resources is not fair across council districts. This bond creates winners and losers for various parts of the city.

– There are too many questionable projects.  There are numerous projects within the bond that should be classified as “wants” versus “needs.”

Prop 1
– Over $100M of this prop goes to “beautification” of downtown streets or pet projects,  and not to building additional road capacity.
– These projects include $43M going the Broadway Corridor, $60M to Cultural Zonas, and $7.5 million to the Hardberger land bridge.

Source: Former Councilman Carlton Soules and Strategic Market Services Inc.

Proposition 2: Drainage & Flood Control Improvements

This proposition authorizes the City of San Antonio to issue bonds, the proceeds from which will be used to provide drainage and flood water improvements and facilities to be used for the removal of and protection from harmful excess water. This proposition will also provide for the acquisition of lands and rights-of-way necessary for such purposes and for the acquiring and installation of public art related to the proposition.

Total allocated: $138.988 Million

Percent of total bond: 16%

Number of projects: 19

San Antonio is located within a nationally recognized area called flash flood alley. An estimate $2 billion is nee3d to address flooding in San Antonio by bringing the drainage infrastructure to current design standards. A combined $280 million was funded with the 2007 and 2012 Bond Programs dedicated to drainage and flood control projects. The 2017 Bond will continue the progress of resolving flooding in our community.

Source: City of San Antonio

General statement:
– The bonds allocation of resources is not fair across council districts. This bond creates winners and losers for various parts of the city.

– There are too many questionable projects.  There are numerous projects within the bond that should be classified as “wants” versus “needs.”

Prop2
– 14.6M San Pedro Creek Improvements project is almost exclusively a beautification project, not a flood control project.

Source: Former Councilman Carlton Soules and Strategic Market Services In

Proposition 3: Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Improvements

This proposition authorizes the City of San Antonio to issue bonds, the proceeds from which will be used to acquire, construct, equip and renovate various park, recreation and open space venues. This proposition will also provide park additions and for the acquisition of lands and rights-of-way necessary for such purposes and for the acquiring and installation of public art related to the proposition.

Total allocated: $187.313 Million

Percent of total bond: 22%

Number of projects: 79

All 247 City parks could benefit from improvements. The 2017 Bond goes a long ways to that at end by improving over 25% of the park system, and proposed numerous new park developments as we. This extensive and well dispersed, impact will improve the quality of life for residents no matter where they live in San Antonio.

Source: City of San Antonio

General statement:
– The bonds allocation of resources is not fair across council districts. This bond creates winners and losers for various parts of the city.

– There are too many questionable projects.  There are numerous projects within the bond that should be classified as “wants” versus “needs.”

Prop 3
– $21M is allocated for Hemisfair Park and $5 million for Hardberger land bridge.  The question is should we be building land bridges at Hardberger Park and continuing to develop Hemisfair Park, when our larger park system has critical needs such as lighting, water fountains, handicap parking, and facilities maintenance.

Source: Former Councilman Carlton Soules and Strategic Market Services Inc.

Proposition 4: Library & Cultural Facilities Improvements

This proposition authorizes the City of San Antonio to issue bonds, the proceeds from which will be used to acquire, construct, improve, renovate and equip libraries, cultural facilities or other facilities. This proposition will also provide for the acquisition of lands and rights-of- way necessary for such purposes and for the acquiring and installation of public art related to the proposition.

Total allocated: $24.025 Million

Percent of total bond: 3%

Number of projects: 13

Many library facilities are in need of rehabilitation and improvements, and community centers are needed to serve residents of all ages. The 2017 Bond will deliver improvements to five libraries and various centers that provide our community opportunities to come together for events, education, meals, exercise and inter-generational activities.

Source: City of San Antonio

General statement:
– The bonds allocation of resources is not fair across council districts. This bond creates winners and losers for various parts of the city.

– There are too many questionable projects.  There are numerous projects within the bond that should be classified as “wants” versus “needs.”

Prop 4

Source: Former Councilman Carlton Soules and Strategic Market Services Inc.

Proposition 5: Public Safety Facilities Improvements

This proposition authorizes the City of San Antonio to issue bonds, the proceeds from which will be used to acquire, construct, improve, renovate and equip public safety facilities to include fire, police, emergency medical services (EMS), animal control facilities and other facilities promoting the health, safety and welfare of the City’s residents. This proposition will also provide for the acquisition of lands and rights-of-way necessary to accomplish such purposes as well as the acquiring and installation of public art related to the proposition.

Total allocated: $34.411 Million

Percent of total bond: 4%

Number of projects: 5

Safety is a top priority for our City and providing our Police and Fire departments with proper facilities is vital. The 2017 Bond includes their #1 priorities with a new Police Sub-Station close to the Central Business District, and a Fire Station which will replace the older facility on Austin Highway.

Source: City of San Antonio

General statement:
– The bonds allocation of resources is not fair across council districts. This bond creates winners and losers for various parts of the city.

– There are too many questionable projects.  There are numerous projects within the bond that should be classified as “wants” versus “needs.”

Prop 5
– Having just built an $80M downtown new police headquarters, we don’t need to spend $20M on a downtown substation.  These resources should be distributed to our police and fire department facilities across the city.  Essentially this money is allocated to building a shiny new building downtown.

Source: Former Councilman Carlton Soules and Strategic Market Services Inc.

Proposition 6: Neighborhood Improvements

The primary goal is to prepare sites for private sector development of single-family or multi-family workforce housing construction. Permitted expenditures include land acquisition, demolition of dilapidated/unusable structures, right-of-way improvements, extension of utilities and remediation of environmental conditions impeding development.

Total allocated: $20.000 Million

Percent of total bond: 2%

Number of projects: TBD

An Urban Renewal Plan has been prepared in conjunction with the proposed Neighborhood Improvements Bond. The plan includes 12 distressed areas that will be considered for improvements. The City funding would be used to clear property and install necessary utilities, sidewalks and streets in preparation for single-family or multi-family housing construction.

Source: City of San Antonio

General statement:
– The bonds allocation of resources is not fair across council districts. This bond creates winners and losers for various parts of the city.

– There are too many questionable projects.  There are numerous projects within the bond that should be classified as “wants” versus “needs.”

Prop 6
– The voters are not actually voting on projects.  They are voting to give city staff the authority to spend this money as they see fit.  The majority of council districts are likely to receive none of this money.  The reason for this is they are creating a nest egg of money to buy up properties, add facilities to fix them up and then resell them to developers.  This is essentially a development deal.

Source: Former Councilman Carlton Soules and Strategic Market Services Inc.

The Alamo Colleges Bond

The Alamo Colleges Bond is a $450 million package for improvements to all of the Alamo Colleges District’s schools located throughout the city. The bond will also fund new facilities to support San Antonio’s educational priorities and in anticipation of continued population growth. Just like the City of San Antonio’s 2017 Bond, the Alamo Colleges Bond will not require a property tax increase.

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