Planning Underway for 2017 Bond

The City of San Antonio is gearing up for the 2017 Bond Program.

“For planning purposes right now, we’re working with $750M,” City Engineer Mike Frisbie told the city council at B session Wednesday. “We know that could change, that’s a policy decision.”

The council controls that number. In 2012, the last city bond program, the city focused heavily on streets, bridges, sidewalks, and drainage.

“Those two groupings were about 80% of the bond,” Frisbie said.

In the coming weeks, the focus of the 2017 program will come and a bond committee will be formed to help make recommendations.

Mayor Ivy Taylor said bond projects are a top priority.

“This is the topic that we hear the most about from most constituents,” she said. “And while we’re talking about a lot of money, we also saw from the presentation today that there isn’t enough money to do everything that we’d like to be able to do or address 100% all the needs.”

The city’s proposed timeline on the 2017 Bond Program goes like this: committee appointments in July, community meetings between October and December, city council action in January and February of 2017, then the bond proposal reaches the voters in May of 2017.

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