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Published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mayor Nirenberg testifies in defense of local control

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CONTACT: Bruce Davidson, 210-207-8998           

Bruce.Davidson@sanantonio.gov

Maria Luisa Cesar, 210-861-9030

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SAN ANTONIO (July 25, 2017) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Tuesday defended local control in testimony opposing legislative attempts to place a strict cap on local property tax revenues, remove tree ordinances and undercut municipal texting ordinances. 

Mayor Nirenberg told the House Urban Affairs Committee that he was grateful for lawmakers who understand the importance of street-level democracy, “but it certainly feels as though some members of the Legislature have declared war on the cities of Texas. The very cities that drive the state economy. The places where the largest numbers of Texans live. And this is troubling to me.”

The mayor’s full remarks are attached.

El alcalde Ron Nirenberg le dijo a la Comisión de Asuntos Urbanos de la cámara que estaba agradecido por los legisladores que entienden la importancia de la democracia a nivel local, “pero ciertamente parece que algunos miembros de la legislatura han declarado la guerra a las ciudades de Texas. Las mismas ciudades que impulsan la economía del estado. Los lugares donde viven la mayoría de los habitantes de Texas. Y esto me preocupa.”

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