SAN ANTONIO - Mayor Julian Castro stopped at a low water crossing along West Avenue near Nakoma to make another pitch, urging voters to agree to fix major infrastructure problems by approving the nearly $600 million 2012-2017 bond program on Saturday.
"These last two nights we saw significant rain in our city and flooding across San Antonio," said the Mayor.
The bond program would help the city repair several low water crossings where people have risked their lives going around barricades into rushing water and the blocked streets have caused major traffic problems.
Castro is concerned about low voter turnout on the five propositions.
"This is the lowest turnout election that we've seen in quite a while only because of confusion around election dates. But that means everybody's vote counts even more. So if folks will get out and vote, it can make a big difference in bringing important infrastructure improvements like this low water crossing," said the Mayor.
He also wanted to assure voters, that despite concerns about spending and debt, the 140 bond projects are needed and won't leave the city drowning in debt.
"We have a great bond rating. During the last few years of downturn (in the economy) we've managed our resources well. We've made the tough budget cuts. We have a balanced budget," the Mayor said.