Council Backs Highway Funding Plan

By Bill O'Neil

The San Antonio City Council throws it's support behind a ballot measure that would divert cash away from the state's Rainy Day Fund--and put that money to use on highway construction and maintenance work.  

Voters will decide on the question in November--and most members of Council see a critical need. Councilman Ray Lopez said he sees more than keeping up with the obvious needs brought by continuing growth. 

"We have to invest here because it affects air quality (too) Lopez said. 

"If another half-million vehilces are in here (San Antonio) with th transportation funds that are available--that's not a city I want to live in" said Councilman Ron Nirenberg. 

However, not every member of Council was ready to jump in line behind the measure.  

"Much as we will not be willing to invest in alternatives, we're going to be in the same situation five years from now or ten years from now" said Councilwoman Shirley Gonzalez, who cast he lone "no" vote.  


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Locations : San Antonio
People : Ray LopezRon NirenbergShirley Gonzalez
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