Voters Approve Conservation Funding, City Charter Amendments


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San Antonio voters overwhelmingly approved two conservation propositions today.

The Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, which uses a one-eighth cent sales tax to purchase conservation easements over the aquifer's recharge zone, was approved by 78 percent of voters. 

And the Parks Development and Expansion plan, also funded through an eighth-cent sales tax, was approved by nearly 75 percent of voters.

San Antonio's City Charter will also see some changes post-election day. There were four proposed changes to it.

The first would require a vote before the Alamo City could build streetcar or light rail in a public right of way. This proposition garnered nearly 67 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

A proposal to pay the mayor a salary of $61,725 and council members a salary of $45,722 squeaked by with nearly 55 percent of voters approving.

A requirement to call a special election when replacing council and mayoral vacancies with 120 days or more remaining in a term passed, with 81 percent of voters approving.

Lastly, a proposition to eliminate City Charter provisions superseded by state law and to update outdated language was passed with nearly 83 percent of voters approving.

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