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The Source: Should The City Continue Tax To Protect Water?

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Paul Flahive
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Should the City of San Antonio reauthorize an 1/8th cent sales tax that funds green spaces and linear trails, and more importantly conservation easements that pay property owners to not develop their land in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone?

$90 million for aquifer protection and easements have run out. The five-year program last authorized in 2010 will continue to help pay landowners to keep the recharge zone undeveloped, but it has to make it to the May ballot first. 

Ron Nirenberg and Ray Lopez, district 8 and district 6 council members, want it on the ballot, want it to continue, but others on the council may have other plans. Some want to see the program tweaked to include more programs, some may have other city priorities in mind when they look at this money.

Guest:

  • Ron Nirenberg, district 8 city council member
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive