SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council met on Thursday to discuss whether to send a 1/8 cent sales tax to voters in November.
City Council voted 9-2 to move forward with the special election on Nov. 3. The 1/8 cent sales tax would fund a four-year, $154 million program to help 40,000 out-of-work or under-employed San Antonio residents.
Later today, the VIA board will also consider a similar proposal that would divert the tax to transportation funding after it is used for the development/economic opportunity program.
The money would be redirected from the 1/8 cent that funds the Linear Creekways and the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program after its current use expires. That tax is expected to expire by April 2021 after meetings its $180 million cap.
Council also approved the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Columbus Park.