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(April 26, 2012) -- On Saturday, May 12, the citizens of the City of San Antonio will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed 2012-2017 $596 million bond program for important infrastructure improvements that will affect the UTSA Downtown Campus. Early voting runs Monday, April 30 through Tuesday, May 8.

There would not be a property tax rate increase to fund the proposed 2012-2017 bond program. The city's current property tax rate is projected to be sufficient to fund the debt service payments for the program.

Five propositions are included in the $596 million proposed bond program aimed to improve the quality of life in San Antonio:

  • Proposition 1 -- streets, bridges and sidewalks improvements
  • Proposition 2 -- drainage and flood control improvements
  • Proposition 3 -- parks, recreation and open space improvements
  • Proposition 4 -- library, museum and cultural arts improvements
  • Proposition 5 -- public safety facility improvements

Two projects in proposition 1 relate to improvements for the UTSA Downtown Campus. These two projects will help connect the UTSA Downtown Campus to the rest of downtown San Antonio. They will provide streetscape work, lighting, trees and pedestrian walkways improving the safety for pedestrians around the perimeter of the UTSA Downtown Campus.

One of the projects, the César Chávez Corridor, represents $1.4 million in improved pedestrian connectivity on César Chávez Boulevard between Frio Street to Santa Rosa Street. A second project, Commerce Corridor, represents $1.5 million in improved pedestrian connectivity on Commerce Street between Frio Street and Santa Rosa Street. Both projects will improve pedestrian connectivity from the UTSA Downtown campus to the rest of the downtown community.

In 2007, the City of San Antonio's bond initiative helped fund the UTSA Park West athletics complex with $5.5 million. Park West, benefiting city and county youths, will be developed into baseball, softball, track, soccer, tennis and various practice fields. The Park West April 12 groundbreaking celebration is a result of the 2007 bond proposition 3 line item. The 2007 bond was completed on time and $47 million under budget.

For a full list of improvements, visit the City of San Antonio website. For more information, contact Roland Martinez at 210-207-1011.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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