2012 Bond News Release - January 12, 2012

City Council unanimously approves final list of projects for proposed 2012-2017 Bond Program

For immediate release Contact: Roland Martinez

January 12, 2012

Today, Mayor Julián Castro and the City Council unanimously approved the final list of projects for the City of San Antonio’s proposed 2012-2017 Bond Program.

The $596 million program will be divided into four infrastructure categories:

  • Streets / Bridges / Sidewalks – 41 projects – $337.4 million
  • Drainage – 17 projects – $128.1 million
  • Parks – 64 projects – $66.7 million
  • Facilities / Community Initiatives – 18 projects – $63.8 million

City Council is expected to call for the proposed May 12, 2012, bond election on Feb. 16. The proposed bond program does not include an increase in the City’s property tax rate and does not include funding or projects for VIA’s streetcar program.

The City Council approved 140 projects to be included on the ballot. In the Streets / Bridges / Sidewalks category, the approved list includes the completion of the U.S. 281 / Loop 1604 interchange ($30 million) and Hausman Road from Loop 1604 to Interstate 10 ($30 million). Both of these areas are highly congested with vehicular traffic. In addition, the category includes $40 million in Downtown Street Reconstruction.

A list of streets to be included in the Downtown Street Reconstruction will be finalized before the Feb. 16 City Council meeting.

Four Community Bond Committees held 20 public meetings, including a bus tour for each committee, between October and December 2011 to discuss City staffrecommended projects and seek the community’s input.

Several hundred residents attended the public meetings, and committee members heard dozens of public comments during the “citizens to be heard” portion of the meetings. The committees approved 135 projects to be considered by City Council. City Council approved more than 97 percent of the committee-recommended projects.

Last summer, Mayor Castro appointed Lila Cockrell, Tessa Martinez Pollack and Carri Baker Wells as tri-chairs for the proposed 2012-2017 Bond Program. The Mayor and City Council appointed 128 community members to serve on the four Bond committees. Each committee consisted of Mayor-appointed co-chairs and 30 members. Each City Council member appointed three community members per committee.