On July 31, SABOR’s Board of Directors approved a motion to oppose three amendments to the San Antonio City Charter placed on the November 6 ballot by the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association. These charter amendments pose a direct threat to the quality and effectiveness of local government and, consequently, to our community’s prosperity.
San Antonio is enjoying extraordinary economic growth, which is reflected in the city’s consistently strong home sales. As REALTORS® with a national economic perspective, we know that these positive indicators don’t happen by accident. They are the result of good leadership and good governance that make San Antonio a desirable place to work and live.
The three charter amendments would:
- Hamstring the city’s ability to hire the best talent for city manager
- Unilaterally force the city into binding arbitration in collective bargaining negotiations with the firefighters union
- Make zoning decisions and even utility rate adjustments subject to low-threshold public referendums
In doing so, these amendments would alter the character of our city government and undermine San Antonio’s recently renewed AAA bond rating – key factors in the vitality of the local real estate market.