What's at risk

The truth about Propositions A, B, and C

Prop A

Expanding the referendum process

BALLOT LANGUAGE:

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; and to 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?

Should 3% of voters dictate decisions that impact our entire city?

Prop A – What this means

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 (or even your city). 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.

Our vote is our voice, and we should all have an equal say about what happens in our own backyard.

Prop B

Term Limits and Salary Cap for City Manager

BALLOT LANGUAGE:

Shall the City Charter be amended to limit the term the City Manager may serve to no longer than eight years, and to 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 of City Council to appoint the City Manager?

If passed, this charter amendment would NOT affect our current City Manager.

Prop B – What this means

We will lose our ability to obtain top-level talent for the City Manager position in the future.

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 by attempting to alter the way we govern. Our current City Manager’s strong management and leadership in San Antonio has earned the city a AAA bond rating for the past 8 years. Mounting experience of growing our city, working with sequential mayors and councils, and executing on numerous bond projects and budgets puts the citizens at an extreme advantage. How can we support our progress and prosperity when we’re selling ourselves short in terms of leadership? Would you take an important, demanding job if you knew there was a short-term expiration date? This amendment would diminish our financial stability, lower our credit rating, and send tens of millions of dollars to banks instead of our streets and other public improvement projects.

Should we pay more to get less?

BALLOT LANGUAGE:

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?

Should we forfeit our vote on how tax dollars are spent?

Prop C

Binding Arbitration

Prop C – What this means

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, with Public Safety amounting to 66% of our budget). It puts the Fire Union at an unfair advantage over police, EMS, and other public safety groups. 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. We will place our fate in the hands of a third party with no regard to our important city services, such as streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries, and public health.

As citizens of San Antonio, we will lose our voice.

Questions?

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