FAQ

Q: Will my taxes go up if the propositions pass?
A: No. City Manager Sheryl Sculley and the Mayor are trying to scare voters into thinking these reforms will raise taxes, because they don’t want to give decision-making power back to the people. The propositions are common sense reforms, none of which require the City of San Antonio to spend more or raise taxes. Proposition A, in fact, provides the people with a mechanism for rejecting tax increases.

 

Q: If the propositions pass, will the city’s bond rating be lowered?
A: There is absolutely no evidence that these reforms will impact the city’s bond rating. In fact, when city officials were asked for the letters from the bond rating agencies to verify such a claim, they affirmed no letters existed. This is another part of the convoluted argument City Manager Sheryl Sculley and the Mayor are trying to make, that the propositions will cause your taxes to go up. They don’t want you to have a greater say in how the city should be run, so they’re using scare tactics to try to confuse you.

 

Q: Will city services be reduced if the propositions pass?
A: The propositions do not include any reduction in city services. They would be reduced only if you want them to be and this was determined by election. The propositions give you, the voter, more control over what the level of city services should be and how they should be funded.

 

Q. Will Proposition A, that lowers the petition signature requirement from 100,000 to 20,000 to place issues on a ballot, create what the opposition calls “Mob Rule?”
A: To be clear, the 20,000 signatures threshold is to place an issue on the ballot for the citizens of San Antonio to decide.  The 20,000 signatures alone do not overturn any vote by the San Antonio City Council.  The ultimate decision to overturn a vote by the City Council will be decided by the 652,465 registered voters in San Antonio.  Does that sound like “Mob Rule” to you?  Or is this citizens empowerment?

 

Q: What brought about these ballot initiatives?
A: In April, San Antonio citizens gave birth to this dramatic reform effort when an incredible 100,000 petition signatures were submitted to the City, calling for elections on three landmark reforms. You can enact these vital reforms by voting YES on Propositions A, B, and C on November 6.

 

Q: Is the City Manager’s salary really $550,000 a year?
A: Yes. Sheryl Sculley has received $475,000 in salary this year, plus an additional $75,000 bonus. That adds up to an incredible $550,000! If Proposition B passes, future contracts with the City Manager will be capped at a rate that is still very competitive to attract quality applicants.

 

Q: Who is funding the “Vote No” campaign?
A: The negative campaign is being funded by commercial real estate developers and other special interests who have close ties to City Manager Sculley and the Mayor, and are angling for lucrative development deals with the city. If Propositions A, B, and C pass, these groups will also lose some of their clout over our elected officials, while we will gain the ability to exercise checks and balances on bad deals and higher taxes.