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File #: 21-1544   
Type: Staff Briefing - With Ordinance
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 2/11/2021
Posting Language: Ordinance ordering an election for May 1, 2021 to amend the City Charter to allow the City to issue bonds for permanent public improvements or any other public purpose including affordable housing projects. [Andy Segovia, City Attorney]
Attachments: 1. Staff Presentation, 2. Ordinance 2021-02-11-0088
Related files: 21-1346, 21-1612, 21-1588
DEPARTMENT: Office of the City Attorney


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Andy Segovia, City Attorney


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide


SUBJECT:

May 1, 2021 Special Election


SUMMARY:

This item orders an election on Saturday May 1, 2021 for a proposed amendment to the City Charter allowing the City to issue bonds for permanent public improvements or any other public purpose.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The City of San Antonio Charter's current bond language allows only for the construction of public works projects. The Charter Review Commission (CRC) identified the need to include bond propositions that promoted the growth of our region's affordable housing stock. Most recently, the CRC reviewed draft ballot language developed by outside bond counsel that would be presented to the voters for approval to allow the City to issue bonds for public purposes that include the provision of affordable housing and economic development.

This proposed language would align San Antonio with other Texas municipalities. Dallas's 2017 bond program included an initiative to revitalize mixed income housing units. Austin voters approved an affordable housing bond proposition in 2018 that will aid in the construction and revitalization of nearly 3,500 rented and owned units.

City Council was briefed on this item at the February 3, 2021 "B" Session.

The calendar leading up to the Saturday, May 1, 2021 General Election is:

Thursday, April 1, 2021
5:00 pm - Deadline to Register to Vote with Bexar County for the May Election.
Monday, April 19, 2021
First day of Early Voting by personal appearance for the May Election.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
5:00 pm - Deadline for Bexar County to receive an Application for a Ballot to be Voted by Mail.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Last day of Early Voting by personal appearance for the May Election.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Election day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.




ISSUE:

Because the City Charter's current language only permits construction for publ...

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