Monitoring Local Legislation

August 10, 2015 – SABOR is dedicated to advocating for REALTORS® and their clients to create a stronger real estate market by protecting private property rights. Locally, there are several issues SABOR’s Government Affairs Department is currently tracking.

On August 5, a federal appeals court declared that Texas’ voter ID law had a discriminatory effect, and therefore violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

On August 7, an agreement was announced between the City of San Antonio and Lyft. Pending approval from City Council, the agreement will allow the ride share company to begin operating. City Council is expected to vote on this item on August 13.

Perhaps the most important issue is the City of San Antonio’s proposed city budget for the 2016 fiscal year: At $2.5 billion, it adds nearly 200 new jobs, increases funding for street projects and raises the starting wage for city employees. It even includes a property tax rate decrease of three quarters of a cent, which adds up to $6.1 million in savings for homeowners.

To learn more and get involved in these issues important to your business, contact Justin@sabor.com or call 210-593-1200.

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