In the fall of 2007, the San Antonio City Council approved the creation of a new city department – Capital Improvements Management Services (CIMS) – with a primary responsibility of managing the newly approved 2007-2012 Bond Program. A total of 134 existing City staff positions were consolidated from four city departments into CIMS. The adopted budget included 18 new positions funded by bond funds to aid in the delivery of the Bond Program.
CIMS now works with about 200 employees to manage bond projects, capital projects, real estate dealings and compliance issues for the entire City of San Antonio. With the 2007-2012 Bond almost complete, the residents of San Antonio voted to adopt the 2012-2017 Bond Program on May 12, 2012. The current $596 million Bond Program includes 140 projects focusing on streets and drainage, parks and open spaces, library and cultural facilities, and public safety facilities.
CIMS manages both the 2007-2012 and the 2012-2017 Bond Programs through all phases of design, construction and inspection. The department also coordinates the consultant selection, construction contractor procurement and project delivery for all capital improvement construction projects.
The 2007-2012 Bond Program that facilitated the creation of CIMS was approved by voters on May 12, 2007 for $550 million. The program included 151 projects designed to improve, acquire, construct and enhance new and existing local streets, bridges, sidewalks, drainage facilities, parks, athletics facilities, libraries and public health centers. Many projects addressed infrastructure needs in a specific area while several projects had a regional or citywide benefit for all residents.