Council members push for more drainage funding in 2022 bond

San Antonio – Wednesday evening’s rain did little to scrub away San Antonio City Council member’s convictions that more money is required for drainage and flood management tasks.

The first draft the five-year, $1.2 billion 2022 bond program the town workers introduced to the town council Wednesday evening contained $150 million for drainage, which they mentioned can be supplemented by an extra $38 million from a stormwater fund. However, the town has $3.1 billion price of drainage and flood management work to do, and several other council members wished more bond money put in the direction of these and different primary infrastructure wants.

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“I, in good faith, cannot support a bond package that only has one drainage project for District 5 when all I hear from my constituents is their concerns about drainage flooding and how it impacts their foundation, and it’s causing their homes and their rental properties to shift,” Councilwoman Teri Castillo advised metropolis workers on Wednesday.

Castillo advised KSAT on Thursday that her objective remains to be to make sure more money go in the direction of drainage and that her district will get more work completed.

District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval additionally desires to see more money dedicated to drainage, telling KSAT on Thursday she thinks the $150 million needs to be $200 million as an alternative.

“I think it’s a reasonable improvement from what we had – from what we have right now, and just eyeballing some of the other projects and what I think we’ll be able to negotiate, that’s that’s my target right now,” Sandoval mentioned.

It’s unclear if that may occur, although, or if that exact suggestion comes too late. Wednesday’s council dialog was meant to be council members’ alternative recommend changes to the bottom-line funding ranges to the 5 main areas of the bond, which workers had instructed be set at:

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  • Streets, Bridges & Sidewalks – $450 million

  • Drainage & Flood Control – $150 million

  • Parks & Recreation – $300 million

  • Facilities – $150 million

  • Housing – $150 million

Both Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Manager Erik Walsh mentioned on the finish of the dialogue they hadn’t heard any dramatic adjustments to these bottom-line funding ranges. Walsh advised reporters after Wednesday’s meeting he and metropolis workers would tweak their suggestions based mostly off the council members’ feedback, lots of which have been about offering more money for primary infrastructure tasks.

Sandoval mentioned she deliberate to fulfill with Walsh and Nirenberg about her proposal.

A set of 5, council-appointed committees will take up the person parts of the bond later this month to refine the project lists. Walsh mentioned there’s a chance that money could possibly be shifted between the main areas of the bond throughout that part, too.

Once the committees have finalized their suggestions, the town council will think about them and approve a closing model of the bond program to place in entrance of voters to vote up or down in the May 2022 election.

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