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Nov Charter Vote Ruled Out



By Bill O'Neil

There will be a vote--but questions about the City Charter will not go before San Antonio voters in November.

That's the decision of City Council--effectively turning aside a petition effort born out of opposiiton to now-shelved downtown streetcar plans. 

"The State of Texas told us that we had a right to hold an election--and it is my position that is exactly what we should be doing" City Councilman Mike Gallagher said, pushing an effort to get the question on rail votes on the ballot in November--despite the City Attorney finding some nine-thousand petition signatures invalid. 

In the end, Gallagher's push fell short--even with the support of one streetcar proponent. 

"We're going to need the good will of the people to move the plan forward--because we can't do it without money" said Councilman Ray Lopez. 

In the end, Council decided ont he creation of a Charter Review Commission--which could ultimately recommend several questions for the ballot in May--ranfging from rail to City Council pay to an update on procedures for replacing the Mayor in the event of another sudden vavancy.  

"We've heard your voices--the funding will be re-directed" Mayor Ivy Taylor told those pushing for a November vote, insisting rail plans will not be taken up again before the citizens are able to take a vote.  

Organizers of the petition drive said they have a lawsuit already in the works.   




 

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Locations : San AntonioTexas
People : Ivy TaylorMike GallagherRay Lopez
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