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2 days ago

VotePatrick

New taxing entity of the Municipal Facilities Corporation just passed 9-2 and is now in force. The #JohnCourageTax passed 9-2 with only Clayton Perry and Roberto Treviño voting against.

The Mayor & Council serve as the Board of the new Taxing Entity, imagine that.

Just held its first meeting with one vote to accept the measure and adjourned.

#MunicipalFacilitiesCorporation includes the 2011 passed, new #911CallCenter.Want another SA taxing entity? That’s what you’re about to get.

Then after it’s in place and doesn’t make enough revenue, #SAWS rate payers will inevitable face a #RateIncrease.

This new #TaxingEntity is sponsored by Councilman John Courage of #District9, stated the we can’t wait for an election to do something to solve our water issues, that we can’t continue going things the same way as in the past (indirectly referring to citizen elections) to solve these problems. Unbelievable.

Wow! More, bigger government open unabashed promotion on display.

Don’t let a crisis go to waste!

The COVID-19 Chinese #CoronaVirus is the pandemic they have blamed for the reason for doing this measure.

—-

Happening Now: Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Council about to vote on a “bait & switch” funding of the Edwards Aquifer protection just before the Council hopes their ballot measure passes on Nov. 3rd.

Consider writing them to vote no right now.

Setting up a new Bond (debt) program

$10,000,000/year for 10 years = $100,000,000

Future growth via the City’s General Fund. Potential increase in SAWS water rates.

This is more government GROWTH and a new outside company to monitor and supervise compliance of the new government entity.

City Council A Sessions
sanantonio.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=22661&GUID=999BA422-A775-4DE3-8ABD-1B4851E69C96

eComment
sanantonio.granicusideas.com/meetings/7128-city-council-a-session-on-2020-09-17-9-00-am/agenda_items


Item 5 Approving items related to the City’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program: [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer]
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640840&GUID=0C11C498-2787-44D8-8075-237D460DFA34

Item 5A Ordinance establishing continuation of the City’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program with a $100 million funding commitment and approving a Programmatic and Finance Agreement with the Municipal Facilities Corporation to administer the continued Program.
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640834&GUID=C4319205-10A3-42D9-AA06-16A821F8E06D

Item 5B Resolution of the Municipal Facilities Corporation accepting assignment of responsibility for the City’s Continued Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and approving a Programmatic and Finance Agreement with the City of San Antonio to administer the continued Program
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640841&GUID=32D10BD1-2FFB-428C-BBBB-FD98D1257848

Watch here:
www.sanantonio.gov/TVSA

Contact Mayor Ron Nirenberg & Council emails:

Ron.Nirenberg@sanantonio.gov;
Roberto.Trevino@sanantonio.gov;
Jada.Andrews-Sullivan@sanantonio.gov;
Rebecca.Viagran@sanantonio.gov;
AdrianaRocha.Garcia@sanantonio.gov;
Shirley.Gonzales@sanantonio.gov;
MelissaCabello.Havrda@sanantonio.gov;
Ana.Sandoval@sanantonio.gov;
Manny.Pelaez@sanantonio.gov;
John.Courage@sanantonio.gov;
Clayton.Perry@sanantonio.gov;

and/or

Council.District1@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District2@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District3@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District4@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District5@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District6@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District7@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District8@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District9@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District10@SanAntonio.gov

Write in now before they vote to refinance the #EdwardsAquifer Protection.

Contact CoSA Council NOW:

Sample Testimony - Written Testimony - CoSA Council - Edwards Aquifer Protection For All, Exchanged For Free College For A Few

Dear Mayor Nirenberg and City Council,

The resolution you are proposing today under Agenda Items 5, 5A & 5B that swaps out the funding for our aquifer protection program (which originated from a voter-approved sales tax) to a combined general fund and SAWS funding mechanism, amounts to a convoluted shell game at a minimum and outright deception at worst.

Senior citizens and the majority of all other will not benefit from this Council move that should be left to the people to decide.

SAWS has already announced that water rates will have to be increased to raise the funds required to continue protecting the Edwards Aquifer if you make this duplicitous move. This bad move will hurt all people except maybe for those who qualify for the growing SAWS social welfare program.

Due to escalating property taxes, sales taxes and the overall rising cost of living are making life difficult enough. If you vote to enact this scheme, it will make things worse for the majority.

There will be immediate and long lasting negative effects of your passage of this shell game today. Even more pressure will be exerted upon our city's budget due to the existing budgetary deficits that could have been mitigated with the already-established sales tax as the economy picks up after the health and political pandemic ends on November 4th.

There is much confusion on this combined measure. More public information meds to be shared.

SA Residents SAWS’ bills will increase.

Numbers show that revenues from these sources may not even cover what the past 20 years of sales taxes have otherwise routinely paid for.

The biggest insult of all is that you decided to put the sales tax votes on the Nov. 3 ballot and because you are concerned that they might not pass due to your polling that you are engaging in this shell game to fix “your mistake” and end run the citizens.

We, the citizens of San Antonio, urge you to vote no or table this September 17th decision on Items 5, 5A and 5B, postponing it until after the voters decide in November.

Sincerely,

Your name

Write in now before they vote to refinance the #EdwardsAquifer Protection.

#EdwardsAquiferProtection #Water #SAWS
#RateIncrease #DebtService #CashFunding
#FinancePlan #BondHolders #BondProgram
#InterestRates

#NewDebt
#SA #CoSA #GeneralFund
#MayorNirenberg #CityCouncil
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2 days ago

VotePatrick

Motion to delay vote fails.

Only yes votes to delay were by Councilman #RobertoTreviño and Councilman #ClaytonPerry, District 10.

Common sense dictates this vote should be delayed to after the Nov. 3 general #election2020 citizen #vote.Want another SA taxing entity? That’s what you’re about to get.

Then after it’s in place and doesn’t make enough revenue, #SAWS rate payers will inevitable face a #RateIncrease.

This new #TaxingEntity is sponsored by Councilman John Courage of #District9, stated the we can’t wait for an election to do something to solve our water issues, that we can’t continue going things the same way as in the past (indirectly referring to citizen elections) to solve these problems. Unbelievable.

Wow! More, bigger government open unabashed promotion on display.

Don’t let a crisis go to waste!

The COVID-19 Chinese #CoronaVirus is the pandemic they have blamed for the reason for doing this measure.

—-

Happening Now: Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Council about to vote on a “bait & switch” funding of the Edwards Aquifer protection just before the Council hopes their ballot measure passes on Nov. 3rd.

Consider writing them to vote no right now.

Setting up a new Bond (debt) program

$10,000,000/year for 10 years = $100,000,000

Future growth via the City’s General Fund. Potential increase in SAWS water rates.

This is more government GROWTH and a new outside company to monitor and supervise compliance of the new government entity.

City Council A Sessions
sanantonio.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=22661&GUID=999BA422-A775-4DE3-8ABD-1B4851E69C96

eComment
sanantonio.granicusideas.com/meetings/7128-city-council-a-session-on-2020-09-17-9-00-am/agenda_items


Item 5 Approving items related to the City’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program: [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer]
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640840&GUID=0C11C498-2787-44D8-8075-237D460DFA34

Item 5A Ordinance establishing continuation of the City’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program with a $100 million funding commitment and approving a Programmatic and Finance Agreement with the Municipal Facilities Corporation to administer the continued Program.
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640834&GUID=C4319205-10A3-42D9-AA06-16A821F8E06D

Item 5B Resolution of the Municipal Facilities Corporation accepting assignment of responsibility for the City’s Continued Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and approving a Programmatic and Finance Agreement with the City of San Antonio to administer the continued Program
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640841&GUID=32D10BD1-2FFB-428C-BBBB-FD98D1257848

Watch here:
www.sanantonio.gov/TVSA

Contact Mayor Ron Nirenberg & Council emails:

Ron.Nirenberg@sanantonio.gov;
Roberto.Trevino@sanantonio.gov;
Jada.Andrews-Sullivan@sanantonio.gov;
Rebecca.Viagran@sanantonio.gov;
AdrianaRocha.Garcia@sanantonio.gov;
Shirley.Gonzales@sanantonio.gov;
MelissaCabello.Havrda@sanantonio.gov;
Ana.Sandoval@sanantonio.gov;
Manny.Pelaez@sanantonio.gov;
John.Courage@sanantonio.gov;
Clayton.Perry@sanantonio.gov;

and/or

Council.District1@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District2@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District3@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District4@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District5@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District6@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District7@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District8@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District9@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District10@SanAntonio.gov

Write in now before they vote to refinance the #EdwardsAquifer Protection.

Contact CoSA Council NOW:

Sample Testimony - Written Testimony - CoSA Council - Edwards Aquifer Protection For All, Exchanged For Free College For A Few

Dear Mayor Nirenberg and City Council,

The resolution you are proposing today under Agenda Items 5, 5A & 5B that swaps out the funding for our aquifer protection program (which originated from a voter-approved sales tax) to a combined general fund and SAWS funding mechanism, amounts to a convoluted shell game at a minimum and outright deception at worst.

Senior citizens and the majority of all other will not benefit from this Council move that should be left to the people to decide.

SAWS has already announced that water rates will have to be increased to raise the funds required to continue protecting the Edwards Aquifer if you make this duplicitous move. This bad move will hurt all people except maybe for those who qualify for the growing SAWS social welfare program.

Due to escalating property taxes, sales taxes and the overall rising cost of living are making life difficult enough. If you vote to enact this scheme, it will make things worse for the majority.

There will be immediate and long lasting negative effects of your passage of this shell game today. Even more pressure will be exerted upon our city's budget due to the existing budgetary deficits that could have been mitigated with the already-established sales tax as the economy picks up after the health and political pandemic ends on November 4th.

There is much confusion on this combined measure. More public information meds to be shared.

SA Residents SAWS’ bills will increase.

Numbers show that revenues from these sources may not even cover what the past 20 years of sales taxes have otherwise routinely paid for.

The biggest insult of all is that you decided to put the sales tax votes on the Nov. 3 ballot and because you are concerned that they might not pass due to your polling that you are engaging in this shell game to fix “your mistake” and end run the citizens.

We, the citizens of San Antonio, urge you to vote no or table this September 17th decision on Items 5, 5A and 5B, postponing it until after the voters decide in November.

Sincerely,

Your name

Write in now before they vote to refinance the #EdwardsAquifer Protection.

#EdwardsAquiferProtection #Water #SAWS
#RateIncrease #DebtService #CashFunding
#FinancePlan #BondHolders #BondProgram
#InterestRates

#NewDebt
#SA #CoSA #GeneralFund
#MayorNirenberg #CityCouncil
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2 days ago

VotePatrick

City trying to shift the EA tax to Workforce Training (i.e. free college) at citizen election in Nov. 3.

Mayor is trying to force this issue to create a new taxing entity to protect the EA to replace the the sales tax transfer.

This wasn’t even proposed to Council until a week ago!

Common sense means the City should wait to vote until after Nov. 3.

If passed this needs to be called the District9 #JohnCourageTax.Want another SA taxing entity? That’s what you’re about to get.

Then after it’s in place and doesn’t make enough revenue, #SAWS rate payers will inevitable face a #RateIncrease.

This new #TaxingEntity is sponsored by Councilman John Courage of #District9, stated the we can’t wait for an election to do something to solve our water issues, that we can’t continue going things the same way as in the past (indirectly referring to citizen elections) to solve these problems. Unbelievable.

Wow! More, bigger government open unabashed promotion on display.

Don’t let a crisis go to waste!

The COVID-19 Chinese #CoronaVirus is the pandemic they have blamed for the reason for doing this measure.

—-

Happening Now: Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Council about to vote on a “bait & switch” funding of the Edwards Aquifer protection just before the Council hopes their ballot measure passes on Nov. 3rd.

Consider writing them to vote no right now.

Setting up a new Bond (debt) program

$10,000,000/year for 10 years = $100,000,000

Future growth via the City’s General Fund. Potential increase in SAWS water rates.

This is more government GROWTH and a new outside company to monitor and supervise compliance of the new government entity.

City Council A Sessions
sanantonio.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=22661&GUID=999BA422-A775-4DE3-8ABD-1B4851E69C96

eComment
sanantonio.granicusideas.com/meetings/7128-city-council-a-session-on-2020-09-17-9-00-am/agenda_items


Item 5 Approving items related to the City’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program: [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer]
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640840&GUID=0C11C498-2787-44D8-8075-237D460DFA34

Item 5A Ordinance establishing continuation of the City’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program with a $100 million funding commitment and approving a Programmatic and Finance Agreement with the Municipal Facilities Corporation to administer the continued Program.
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640834&GUID=C4319205-10A3-42D9-AA06-16A821F8E06D

Item 5B Resolution of the Municipal Facilities Corporation accepting assignment of responsibility for the City’s Continued Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and approving a Programmatic and Finance Agreement with the City of San Antonio to administer the continued Program
sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4640841&GUID=32D10BD1-2FFB-428C-BBBB-FD98D1257848

Watch here:
www.sanantonio.gov/TVSA

Contact Mayor Ron Nirenberg & Council emails:

Ron.Nirenberg@sanantonio.gov;
Roberto.Trevino@sanantonio.gov;
Jada.Andrews-Sullivan@sanantonio.gov;
Rebecca.Viagran@sanantonio.gov;
AdrianaRocha.Garcia@sanantonio.gov;
Shirley.Gonzales@sanantonio.gov;
MelissaCabello.Havrda@sanantonio.gov;
Ana.Sandoval@sanantonio.gov;
Manny.Pelaez@sanantonio.gov;
John.Courage@sanantonio.gov;
Clayton.Perry@sanantonio.gov;

and/or

Council.District1@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District2@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District3@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District4@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District5@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District6@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District7@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District8@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District9@SanAntonio.gov
Council.District10@SanAntonio.gov

Write in now before they vote to refinance the #EdwardsAquifer Protection.

Contact CoSA Council NOW:

Sample Testimony - Written Testimony - CoSA Council - Edwards Aquifer Protection For All, Exchanged For Free College For A Few

Dear Mayor Nirenberg and City Council,

The resolution you are proposing today under Agenda Items 5, 5A & 5B that swaps out the funding for our aquifer protection program (which originated from a voter-approved sales tax) to a combined general fund and SAWS funding mechanism, amounts to a convoluted shell game at a minimum and outright deception at worst.

Senior citizens and the majority of all other will not benefit from this Council move that should be left to the people to decide.

SAWS has already announced that water rates will have to be increased to raise the funds required to continue protecting the Edwards Aquifer if you make this duplicitous move. This bad move will hurt all people except maybe for those who qualify for the growing SAWS social welfare program.

Due to escalating property taxes, sales taxes and the overall rising cost of living are making life difficult enough. If you vote to enact this scheme, it will make things worse for the majority.

There will be immediate and long lasting negative effects of your passage of this shell game today. Even more pressure will be exerted upon our city's budget due to the existing budgetary deficits that could have been mitigated with the already-established sales tax as the economy picks up after the health and political pandemic ends on November 4th.

There is much confusion on this combined measure. More public information meds to be shared.

SA Residents SAWS’ bills will increase.

Numbers show that revenues from these sources may not even cover what the past 20 years of sales taxes have otherwise routinely paid for.

The biggest insult of all is that you decided to put the sales tax votes on the Nov. 3 ballot and because you are concerned that they might not pass due to your polling that you are engaging in this shell game to fix “your mistake” and end run the citizens.

We, the citizens of San Antonio, urge you to vote no or table this September 17th decision on Items 5, 5A and 5B, postponing it until after the voters decide in November.

Sincerely,

Your name

Write in now before they vote to refinance the #EdwardsAquifer Protection.

#EdwardsAquiferProtection #Water #SAWS
#RateIncrease #DebtService #CashFunding
#FinancePlan #BondHolders #BondProgram
#InterestRates

#NewDebt
#SA #CoSA #GeneralFund
#MayorNirenberg #CityCouncil
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