VOTE “FOR” THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO’S 2017 BOND PROGRAM

What is the 2017-2022 bond?

The bond program on the May 6 ballot is an $850 million package of back-to-basics projects reviewed and selected by citizen committees then approved by City Council. The projects will better enable this city to accommodate rapid growth — nearly 150 new residents each day — while ensuring current residents continue to enjoy the quality of life that makes San Antonio such an attractive place to live.

The 2017-2022 program will build on the success of past bond programs by making city streets safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike; improving drainage and preventing flooding; updating fire stations and police substations; and investing in your neighborhood libraries and parks.

Because of San Antonio’s strong financial stewardship, the bond program will not increase the city’s property tax rate. And, as with past bond programs, a citizens bond oversight committee will monitor the projects to ensure they are delivered on time and on budget.

The city’s total infrastructure need cannot be addressed entirely through the annual budget. Passing this bond referendum allows the city to address large-scale projects needed in every area of San Antonio while maintaining regular street maintenance schedules. If you drive, walk or cycle, you are sure to find a project that will make traveling through the city easier.

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San Antonio is situated in Flash Flood Alley, so any amount of rain can cause flooding problems in certain areas. Flooding creates traffic headaches and poses a threat to life and property. The bond proposal addresses some of these areas with drainage improvements and builds upon phased projects started in previous bond programs.

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Good neighborhood parks bring communities together, increase property values and improve physical and mental health. Parks greatly enhance our quality of life, whether they are linear trails along a creek, sports parks or larger cultural gathering places for the entire community. This package of projects will create new park space and improve existing green spaces and cultural assets throughout San Antonio.

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Much like our parks, public facilities such as libraries and community centers are at the core of creating a better life for residents. Community and senior centers are gathering places where strangers can become neighbors, share ideas or participate in group activities. Libraries are the most basic piece of public education, giving us lifelong learning and growth.

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San Antonio’s first responders dedicate their lives to serving and protecting our community. The public safety facilities proposal invests in our police and fire departments by providing station replacements and upgrades.

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Neighborhood Improvement

The neighborhood improvements proposal will pave the way for affordable redevelopment of designated areas in need of revitalization. The bond funds would allow for environmental remediation, infrastructure improvements and other measures that would make the properties easier to develop into affordable housing.

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PAST BOND PROJECTS

The City of San Antonio has a proven track record of delivering record-breaking bond programs on time and on budget. From the 2012 bond program, 96 percent of the projects are complete or under construction. Between the past two bond programs and this proposed 2017 program, the city will have invested $2 billion in our most basic infrastructure needs.

A tranquil 300-acre natural oasis in a rapidly developing urban landscape.
Panther Springs Park: FIND OUT MORE >

The expansion of Hausman Road near the ever-growing University of Texas
at San Antonio campus. Hausman Road: FIND OUT MORE >

A multitude of parks, community and senior centers, and libraries that were improved or
constructed new. Woodlawn Lake: FIND OUT MORE > Encino Branch Library: FIND OUT MORE >

 

These successful and necessary uses of bond money have created lasting improvements to San Antonio and helped the city maintain its Triple-A bond rating.

PAST BOND PROJECTS

The City of San Antonio has a proven track record of delivering record-breaking bond programs on time and on budget. From the 2012 bond program, 96 percent of the projects are complete or under construction. Between the past two bond programs and this proposed 2017 program, the city will have invested $2 billion in our most basic infrastructure needs.

A tranquil 300-acre natural oasis in a rapidly developing urban landscape.
Panther Springs Park: FIND OUT MORE >

The expansion of Hausman Road near the ever-growing University of Texas
at San Antonio campus.
Hausman Road: FIND OUT MORE >

A multitude of parks, community and senior centers, and libraries that were improved or
constructed new.
Woodlawn Lake: FIND OUT MORE >
Encino Branch Library: FIND OUT MORE >

 

These successful and necessary uses of bond money have created lasting improvements to San Antonio and helped the city maintain its Triple-A bond rating.