Props B, C Threaten San Antonio's Financial Sustainability, Says Former Austin City Manager
The last few choices San Antonio voters will make on their November ballots will be whether or not to approve three proposed changes to the city charter.
The local firefighters union, embroiled with the City in a years-long dispute over their unresolved collective bargaining agreement, gathered enough petition signatures to successfully add these items to the ballot.
Proposition B would cap the city manager's salary and impose an eight-year term limit. The proposal would take the lowest city employee salary multiplied by ten to figure the city manager's salary, which would be $296,000 including bonuses. It would not apply to current city manager Sheryl Sculley.
Proposition C would force the city into binding arbitration with police and fire unions, meaning the city can't sue if there are prolonged disagreements or impasses in contract negotiations. A third-party arbitrator would make a decision that neither party could appeal.
Guest: Marc Ott, former city manager in Austin and executive director of the International City/County Management Association