What's at risk
The truth about Propositions A, B, and C
Expanding the referendum process
This measure expands the City Council actions subject to referendum to include appropriating money, levying taxes, setting public utility rates, and zoning or rezoning properties (all areas currently excluded by charter). It will decrease the number of signatures needed from 10% of voters (approx. 70,000) to 20,000, and lengthen the time frame for obtaining signatures from 40 to 180 days. Our vote is our voice, and we should all have an equal say about what happens in our own backyard.
Should 3% of voters dictate decisions that impact our entire city?
This kind of instability in the management of our city would be catastrophic for our AAA Bond Rating.
The process would take extremely important decisions out of the hands most qualified to make them — the people we elect to govern our city. This would allow special interests to use their resources to manipulate the public into supporting their agendas. It means budgets and bond projects allocated to your neighborhood could be petitioned to be shut down by people that aren’t from your district. Zoning disputes, designations and money appropriation would be hijacked, and your elected representative could no longer help.
This level of risk would cause city rating and credit agencies to immediately down-tick our AAA bond rating, the highest possible level, which we currently hold.
This measure allows the firefighters’ union to continue to refuse labor contract negotiations with the City, and unilaterally force binding arbitration. We will place our fate in the hands of a third party with no regard to any of our important city services, such as streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries, and public health. As citizens of San Antonio, we will lose our voice.
Should we forfeit our vote on how tax dollars are spent?
This process would weaken the position of the very people we elected to represent us.
Currently, the City Council votes on both the fire and police collective bargaining agreements — the two largest contracts considered by the Council (together the agreements equal more than $600 million). After years of refusing to negotiate, passing this referendum would allow the fire union to declare an impasse at any time for any reason, and force the city into arbitration, taking taxpayers’ fate into unknown hands.
Term Limits and Salary Cap for City Manager
This measure limits the City Manager’s term to 8 years and limits pay to 10 times the amount of the lowest paid City employee, and does not impact the current city manager. San Antonio is raising the bar as the fastest growing city in the country and the only big city with a AAA bond rating. Special interests are gambling with our debt and lowering the caliber of our leadership.
Should we pay more to get less?
We will lose our ability to obtain top-level talent for the City Manager position in the future.
The Fire Union proposes to limit the city manager’s salary to the same amount she was offered in 2005 when she was recruited here. She has worked for 30 years in the two largest cities with the city manager form of government and is the most experienced of all city managers in major U.S. cities. Because of her strong management and strong leadership in San Antonio, we have earned an AAA bond rating for the past 8 years. How can we support our progress and prosperity when we’re selling ourselves short in terms of leadership?
Read through our Frequently Asked Questions to get the facts on Props A, B and C.