In 1977, the State of Texas created a portion of the sales tax code that allowed for communities to allocate up to one-cent of the tax into their public transportation systems. While other major cities across Texas including Dallas, Houston, and Austin elected to put the entire cent into their transportation systems, San Antonio elected to only put 1/2 of that cent into ours. That was 43 years ago, and the decision left our public transportation system in the dust as the community grew around it.
In 2021, the 1/8 of the cent that was allocated to the Aquifer Protection back in 1977 will expire. The residents of San Antonio will have the option of moving those funds into transportation. But, as with everything that is political, it won't happen without thousands of people who rely on public transportation to stand up and speak out about the importance of the tax shift to better fund our transit system.
Furthermore, as the city plans for the Recovery and Resiliency of our community following the COVID-19 Pandemic, transportation considerations were left out of the conversations and the planning as elaborate plans for business support, workforce development, food supplies, housing and other topics were considered. The fact remains that without reliable, efficient, accessible, and affordable transportation options, these services will be obsolete to the individuals who need them the most...because they don't have a reliable way to get to distribution locations to access these services.
HERE IS WHAT WE ARE SAYING AT DISABILITYSA:
Read the Successfully Aging & Living in San Antonio (SALSA) Letter of Support for the 1/8 cent tax shift to Transportation and outlining the importance of transportation as part of future planning for our community.
TRANSPORTATION IN THE NEWS:
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE: