November 3, 2020 Special Bond Election


November 3, 2020 Special Bond Election

On August 10, 2020, the City of Alamo Heights ordered a special bond election for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Ordinance No. 2159).  The special bond election is for the consideration of issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $13,250,000 for the Austin Highway/Lower Broadway Improvement Project to address street flooding and storm water improvements. This project is a collaborative effort between the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and the City of Alamo Heights.

The total estimated project cost is $31,628,921. The scope of the project includes a new underground box culvert and upgraded curb inlets, replacement of sewer and water lines, surface improvements to include new pavement, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic signals and landscaping incorporating Low Impact Development (LID) features.

Thus far, Alamo Heights has financial commitments from the MPO for $10,000,000, TxDOT for $4,000,000 and SARA for $1,300,500 which is noted in the chart below.

SOURCES       SCOPE                                                  COMMITTED

MPO                 Road, Bike Lane, Sidewalks                  $10,000,000

TxDOT              Roadway                                                  $4,000,000*

SARA                LID Landscaping                                      $1,300,500

                                                                 SUB TOTAL:            $15,300,500

* Additionally, TxDOT has also committed to paying for all of the engineering, environmental studies and project management fees. 

This leaves a funding shortfall of $16,328,451. Should voters approve the $13,250,000 special bond election on November 3, 2020, the funding gap would be reduced to $3,078,000 – $2,100,000 for water and sewer line replacement and $978,000 for project contingency; see chart below.

City of Alamo Heights

Water and Sewer line replacement; Utility Fund Certificates of Obligation     $2,100,000

  • Funded by previously approved Water/Sewer rates

Project Contingency Costs

  • General Fund Balance earmark FY21- FY25                                               $978,000

                                                                                        SUB TOTAL:           $3,078,000

Please join us to ask questions or simply view the presentations presented by staff at 6:00 p.m. on:

Wednesday, September 9th

(Zoom: Dial 1-346-248-7799   Meeting ID: 874 7830 5293  Passcode:  414293)

Tuesday, September 22nd

(Zoom:  Dial 1-346-248-7799   Meeting ID:  870-4544-1045  Passcode:  591589)

Thursday, October 8th 

(Zoom:  Dial 1-346-248-7799  Meeting ID:  831-9801-3177  Passcode:  229746)

The virtual meetings will be held via Zoom and livestreamed via Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube.

Early voting will begin on Tuesday, October 13th – Friday, October 30th utilizing the Voter Center Model. The Voter Center Model allows voters to vote at any designated Bexar County polling site on Election Day, as one does during Early Voting period.  Click here for a list of early voting polling sites.  City Hall is an Election Day polling site on November 3rd with polling hours 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Voters will practice social distancing when casting a ballot, offered a mask, and hand sanitizer will be available.  Take advantage of the extended early voting that Governor Greg Abbott declared to avoid waiting in long lines.  An increase in voter turnout is expected, please be ready to vote, don’t forget to bring your I.D. and voter registration card for processing.

If you have any questions concerning the bond election, please contact Buddy Kuhn, City Manager at or Nina Shealey, Assistant City Manager / Community Development Director at

Click here to view the powerpoint presentation.

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions brochure.

Click here to view the Voter Information Document regarding the special bond election.

Click here to view Bexar County sample ballot.

Click here to view Unofficial Early Voting Rosters as mandated by HB 1850, SB 902.

(Haga clic para ver el folleto Preguntas frecuentes y Ordenanza No. 2159Boleta de Muestra.)  

(Haga clic para ver el documento de información para votantes sobre la elección de bonos)