Homeowners Against Annexation hold rally, discuss proposed legislation

Members against San Antonio annexing I-10 West area

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A plan is already in the works for the city of San Antonio to annex a 15-square-mile area off Interstate 10 West by 2019, but that's not stopping people who live there from doing what they can to oppose it. 

"We already have all the services that we need and we don't want to be part of the city. We don't want to take over the debt that they already have, and the value of the services we get today are much better than what the city has to offer," said Mike Stewart, president of Homeowners Against Annexation.

Members of the group who held a rally at the Leon Springs Baptist Church Saturday afternoon said they support proposed legislation Senate Bill 715 and House Bill 299. They were joined by state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-District 122.

The bills would allow them to vote on whether or not people living in the area in northwest Bexar County want to be a part of the city or not, Stewart said.

"We just want a say in the matter," Stewart said.

Such legislation has previously been called detrimental by members of the city staff, who said it could limit the city's ability to grow.

People in the affected area outside Loop 1604 all the way up to nearly the Kendall County Line are currently served by a volunteer fire department and the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

"We don't really need anything that the city has to offer," Stewart said.

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