AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CHARTER
The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association conducted a petition drive seeking three changes to the City Charter. The proposed changes will be enacted only if they are approved by San Antonio voters on Nov. 6, 2018. The following are summaries of the proposed changes.
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO PROPOSITION A
Shall the City Charter be amended to expand the types of ordinances that may be subject to referendum including appropriation of money, levying a tax, granting a franchise, fixing public utility rates, zoning and rezoning of property; increase the number of days within which a petition may be filed seeking a referendum on an ordinance passed by council from forty to one hundred eighty days after passage of the ordinance; and to provide that no more than twenty thousand signatures of registered voters are required for a referendum petition instead of ten percent of those electors qualified to vote at the last regular municipal election?
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO PROPOSITION B
Shall the City Charter be amended to limit the term the City Manager may serve to no longer than eight years, limit the compensation of the City Manager to no more than ten times the annual salary furnished to the lowest paid full-time city employee, and to require a supermajority vote to appoint the City Manager?
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO PROPOSITION C
Shall the City Charter be amended to provide the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 624 with unilateral authority to require the City to participate in binding arbitration of all issues in dispute with the Association within forty-five days of the City’s receipt of the Association’s written arbitration request?
If Proposition A is approved
Proposition A: Expanding the Referendum Process. This measure would:
Expand the City Council actions subject to referendum to include appropriating money, levying taxes, setting public utility rates, and zoning or rezoning property (all areas currently excluded by Charter);
Decrease the number of signatures needed from 10 percent of qualified voters in the last municipal election (approximately 70,000 signatures) to 20,000 signatures; and
Lengthen the time frame for obtaining the needed signatures from 40 days to 180 days.
This measure subjects fiscal actions, such as tax rates, utility rates and bond issues, to the referendum process limiting the ability of the City Council to consider and implement policy and to manage the budget. The uncertainty created by potential changes to revenues and expenditures would certainly negatively impact the City’s ‘AAA’ bond rating. The amendment creates uncertainty resulting in cost to the City of San Antonio between $382.3 million and $4.2 billion over the next twenty years 1. In addition, it would create uncertainty in the area of economic development because companies looking to relocate to San Antonio and expand their operations through the use of economic development incentives may want not to face the potential uncertainty of referendums and will decide to go to another city. Based on the average size of the corporate relocation or expansion in San Antonio, this could result in a loss of 202 jobs per project 2.
If Proposition B is approved
Proposition B: Term Limits and Salary Cap for City Manager. This measure requires a super majority vote (8 votes out of 11) to select the City Manager, limits the City Manager’s term to 8 years and limits pay to 10 times the amount of the lowest paid City employee.
If Proposition C is approved
Proposition C: Binding Arbitration. This measure allows the firefighters union to unilaterally declare impasse at any time and force binding arbitration on the City in labor contract negotiations.
Election information: Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Early Voting period begins Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 and ends Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Voters may cast their early vote by mail. The last day to receive an application for a ballot to be voted by mail is Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
For election information, contact the Bexar County Elections Department at 210-335-VOTE or visit their website: https://www.bexar.org/1568/Elections-Department.
JOIN US DURING OUR CELEBRATION OF THE CITY’S 300TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2018
That’s when we will pay tribute to the colorful and unforgettable 300 years since settlers first came here, while looking forward to our shining future directly ahead. We hope you’ll accept our invitation to be part of this exciting and historic celebration.
WHAT WILL THE 300TH CELEBRATION INCLUDE?
Exciting and engaging events that hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors will get to see, do, and enjoy throughout 2018. Together, we’ll explore, discover, and celebrate where our great city has been and what is ahead of us.
WE WILL HONOR OUR CITY’S VIVID STORIES OF HISTORY, ART, CULTURE, HEROISM, INNOVATION AND ACHIEVEMENT
We will highlight the many times we made our mark on the world’s stage. These chapters and pages of San Antonio’s narrative will come to life through various events around the city.
THE MOMENTUM BEHIND THIS CELEBRATION IS RISING
With each day, the anticipation builds. San Antonio is poised to make history again, and we hope you will be a part of it!
Centro des Artes Building
101 S. Santa Rosa Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78207
The next JNA meeting will take place Monday, November 12th at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson United Methodist Church.
There will be refreshments and our annual Turkey Bingo night to raise money for the organization. Ya'll come.
San Antonio’s New Animal Ordinance Revisions Revealed
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Thanks to a collaborative effort between Animal Care Services (ACS), citizens and city leadership, San Antonio is progressing towards becoming a safer and more humane community. Your inputs and concerns, documented in community meeting and surveys, were instrumental in creating these new ordinances. City Council has passed a number of enhancements to local animal laws, known as the Chapter 5 animal ordinance.
Key changes to the laws include:
A complete ban on the use of chains of any weight as tethering for dogs.
Stricter spay neuter requirements for dogs legally declared dangerous.
Stricter spay neuter requirements for dogs impounded for roaming by ACS.
Authorizing ACS Officers to impound pets sold in illegal locations like roadsides or flea markets.
Authorizing ACS Officers to impound pets sold without a litter and/or sellers permit (including those advertised in newspapers or social media).
Increase in the allowable number of chickens on a property within the city limits to eight (8) (housing restrictions still apply)
No more than one (1) rooster allowed per property within the city limits.
ACS Director Heber Lefgren says the enhanced laws are focused on public safety and humane care. “The improved ordinance does just that by considering the balance between animal care and control as well as pets and people,” says Lefgren.
If you have any questions regarding the new Chapter 5 Animal Ordinances or need further clarification, please contact Councilwoman Sandoval’s Office. Your District 7 ACS Representative, Valerie Moore, is happy to assist in any citizen needs. She may be reached at email@example.com.
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