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Celebrate Graduation with Jon Hart

Give the gift that your graduate will use for many years to come!  Traditions is offering a free monogramming special on Jon Hart merchandise of $100 or more to all Stone Oak Info.com users!  This offer is only good through Memorial Day....so hurry in to Traditions today!  Be sure to mention that you are a Stone Oak Info.com user!

Traditions is located in Ventura Plaza, on 1604 between Blanco and Stone Oak Pkwy, and the Quarry Market.

BexarMet On-Target for Self-Imposed June 30th Deadline

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BexarMet On-Target for Self-Imposed June 30th Deadline
to Complete Massive Infrastructure Additions
Improvements to Impact Tens of Thousands of Residents and Businesses

(San Antonio, TX 5-21-07) The Bexar Metropolitan Water District (BexarMet) announced today that it is on-track to meet its self-imposed infrastructure repairs in both the far north and deep southern sectors of the utility’s District by June 30th.

“Everyone told us last fall we could not get these repairs done in time to meet our self-imposed June 30th deadline.  Today, I’m pleased to announce we will meet the deadline.  We may even beat it by several days,” stated BexarMet General Manager F. Gilbert Olivares.

It's crunch time in Austin

 

 

Senator Wentworth column                                        Contact: Margaret Patterson

 

For immediate release/May 11, 2007                                         (210) 826-7800

 

Toll roads and gas tax increases?..the options

 

Toll Roads?  Gas Tax Increase?  Do Nothing?
by Jeff Wentworth

 

      State Senator, District 25

            Congestion, mobility, the TransTexas Corridor and toll roads are just some of the words or phrases that come to mind when talking about Texas’ transportation future.
            First of all, we’re a state of about 23 million people -- and it took us, oh, several thousand years to reach our current population figure.  Dr. Steve Murdock, our state demographer, tells us that we’ll be closer to 45 million by the year 2040, only 33 years from now.
            Not all, but many of our public roadways are already congested to the point that lots of Texans are frustrated and angry at the lack of mobility as well as the air pollution that “stuck in traffic” causes. And if you don’t like traffic congestion with 23 million folks in Texas, my guess is you’ll absolutely hate it without any new roads and nearly twice as many people.
            The 20 cents per gallon state motor fuels tax barely covers the cost of maintaining our far-flung state highway system in Texas, leaving precious little for new construction.
            If there’s one thing I’m sure about, it’s that Texas needs more roads if we’re to be responsible about our children and grandchildren and their future well-being.
            Roads aren’t free.  In fact, not only are they not free, they’re darned expensive, and somebody (Texas taxpayers, mainly) has to pay for them.
            Since the current state motor fuels tax is insufficient to pay for the new roads that we and future generations will need, it seems only common sense that we would consider increasing that tax in order to raise the funds necessary to pay for the roads we need.
            But the Governor has said he’ll veto any gas tax increase that the Legislature may pass -- so that option is effectively off the table.
            What choices are left?  First, we could do nothing and simply let the current conditions continue to deteriorate, guaranteeing more congestion, less mobility and more air pollution.  In my view, this is not a realistic or responsible approach to take.
            Second, we could quit a practice begun by the Legislature a couple of decades ago in order to balance our state budget without raising taxes: diverting money from Fund 6, the dedicated motor fuels revenue tax account, to things related to transportation but not specifically for construction and maintenance of our highway system.  I favor this approach, but by itself it still won’t be enough additional money to fix our transportation challenges.
            Third, we could build roads now and pay for them with tolls as we use them.  This approach has been used to good purpose in Houston and Dallas but never in San Antonio and only recently in Austin.
            There may be other options out there, but if there are, I haven’t heard them.
            Building new transportation infrastructure for current Texans as well as their children and grandchildren is a major challenge for our state right now, and I, as your voice in the Texas Senate, welcome your advice and suggestions.

 

Stone Oak Park Dedication set for June 29

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 Stone Oak Park will be officially dedicated and open to the public on June 29 at 10am.  Stone Oak Park is a 245 acre nature park, with parking, trail heads and hike and bike trails.  It is ADA accessible and the entrance is at 20395 Stone Oak Parkway, just before Canyon Ridge Elementary. 

The Friends of Stone Oak Park invite individuals, corporations and neighborhood associations to come out for the dedication and get involved with the park by making a donation to support conservation, education and management of the park.  the Friends of Stone Oak Park is an affiliate organization of the San Antonio Parks Foundation Friends of the Parks. 

Rate hike for waste collection in Stone Oak.

For the past twelve years, Stone Oak homeowners have dodged the rate increase bullet from waste collection contractor Allied Waste Systems.  Since 1995, the residents of Stone Oak have not paid more than $9.29 per month for their garbage and recycling pickup.  That is all about to change.

In a meeting of the Stone Oak Advisory Committee this past week, Hill Country Management officials discussed the proposed rate increase proposal from Allied Waste Systems.  AW is asking for a new 3-year contract beginning on May 1, 2007.  AW has provided the residents of Stone Oak with three viable options.  

Stone Oak...Get ready to pay more for your water!

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BexarMet rates appear to be lower but not for the average user in Stone Oak. At a Special Board meeting Tuesday evening, the BexarMet Water Board of Directors adopted a new system-wide rate structure which will take effect June 1, 2007. The new rate structure will result in a rate reduction for approximately 75% of BexarMet customers.   However, if you live  in Stone Oak, your rates will more than likely go up. Especially if you use more than 17000 gallons per month.   The new rates follow a nine-month study conducted by a Denver-based rate analysis company of BexarMet’s current rate structure with a goal of making the utility’s rates more equitable, and creating a rate system that would encourage water conservation.

BexarMet Demand Management Plan


By
Nathan Riggs
BexarMet Water Efficiency Manager

 

The summer of 2006 lives in infamy in the minds of Stone Oak residents as well as BexarMet employees who worked to deal with the landscape watering restrictions and prohibitions issued between June and August of 2006.  A lot has changed in the months since, including plans for additional water and storage facilities for the BexarMet water system that includes Stone Oak, Sonterra, Greystone, Hill Country Village and Hollywood Park.

 

$550 million City of San Antonio Bond Proposal

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On May 12, 2007, San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to consider the City of San Antonio’s $550 Million Bond Program. The program includes 151 projects designed to improve and enhance existing, as well as acquire or construct, new, local streets, bridges, sidewalks, drainage facilities, parks, athletics facilities, libraries and public health centers.

Five propositions supporting the bond program will be included on the ballot: Proposition 1 - Streets, Bridges and Sidewalks Improvements; Proposition 2 - Drainage Improvements; Proposition 3 - Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Athletics Improvements; Proposition 4 - Library Improvements; and Proposition 5 - Public Health Facilities Improvements. Voters will be asked to consider each proposition individually.

All sides of San Antonio will benefit from projects proposed in the bond program. Many projects address infrastructure needs in a specific area while several projects have a regional or city-wide benefit for all residents. A majority of the projects were recommended by four Community Bond Committees, comprised of 128 residents, who utilized a comprehensive public participation process to obtain community input on potential projects to be incorporated into the program. Ninety-three percent of the Committees’ recommendations were adopted by City Council as part of the bond program to be put before voters.

The $550 million program is the largest municipal bond program in San Antonio history. The program can be achieved without a property tax rate increase due to San Antonio’s expected strong economic growth and the City’s disciplined debt management plan. The bonds will be repaid with property tax revenue the City collects on an annual basis. Bonds will be issued, and each project funded, over a five-year period (2007 through 2012). Several proposed projects combine City bond resources with other entity funding to complete needed improvements.

Bush Middle School sends off 8th graders in style!

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The Barbara Bush Middle School 8th graders are about to embark on their high school careers.  In recognition and celebration of their middle school years we are hosting a party in their favor.  It is Saturday May 5th, 2007 from 7-9:30pm at the Holy Trinity Banquet Hall on Huebner Road.  The theme is masquerade and the dress is semi formal—DRESS TO IMPRESS!!  There will be a DJ providing the music, as well as food, door prizes and tons of fun.  We encourage every 8th grader to attend—and bring all your friends!

We are still accepting donations from area businesses and individuals to help defray the cost of the party or to purchase the door prizes.  If you would like to make a contribution please contact Nancy Woodall at nwoodall@satx.rr.com  or 481-9431.