SAN ANTONIO — City initiatives to fund Pre-K 4 SA and workforce development initiatives were largely approved by San Antonio voters on Tuesday, according to KENS 5 projections.
Additionally, two San Antonio ISD propositions providing $1.3 billion in facility and technology upgrades were green-lit by voters, as was a ballot measure to provide funding for VIA.
On Wednesday morning, Superintendent Pedro Martinez released a statement regarding the passing of the ballot proposition.
“We’re grateful to our community and to our taxpayers. Our academics have been improving so much. We’re one of the fastest improving school districts in the state. And now, we’re able to match our facilities and our classroom spaces with those academic gains,” Martinez said. “Every school will be impacted – whether it’s upgrading every single classroom to be a 21st-century classroom, replacing our outdated AC systems, or upgrading our security systems.”
Nirenberg tweeted about the development Tuesday night, thanking voters for their support.
San Antonio propositions
The electorate gave a "For" vote for both San Antonio propositions on this year's ballot, we project. Prop A renews the sales tax rate of one-eighth of once cent to fund Pre-K programs for the next eight years, via the reallocation of current taxes. That proposition was approved by 73% of voters, or more than 320,000.
Prop B reallocates tax moneys from aquifer protections and parks projects to new job-training programs as part of the city's new workforce development proposal amid the COVID-19 pandemic's economic fallout. More than 380,000 voters supported the measure, while just over 114,000 voted against the proposition.
San Antonio Transportation District Proposition A
Created by VIA Metropolitan Transit authorities, this proposition, now that we project it to pass, will re-allocate tax money from aquifer protects and parks projects to provide financial stability to VIA, starting in 2026. The measure calls for the money to fund transportation services, operations, amenities for passengers, and equipment.
The proposition garnered 68% approval, with more than 335,000 San Antonians voting in favor of the funding.
San Antonio ISD - Proposition A
Now that SAISD Proposition A is projected by KENS 5 to pass, it would allocate $1.21 billion in bonds to renovations on 36 SAISD campuses around the city. The projects include renovations to 21 schools that haven't been addressed in more than 50 years, as well as security upgrades, AC system replacements and classroom space renovations.
San Antonio ISD - Proposition B
KENS 5 also projects that SAISD Prop B will pass; the measure allocates $90 million in bonds to technology upgrades for SAISD campuses, including high-speed internet, new devices, support tools, smart boards and audio systems.