Thrown under the bus? Tax deal leaves future of aquifer, trails programs unsettled

Nirenberg and VIA Metropolitan Transit have agreed on a proposal to temporarily fund the City’s coronavirus response, then shift that funding to VIA Metropolitan Transit. The funding would come from a one-eighth-cent sales tax that currently pays for the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program(EAPP) and the Howard W. Peak Linear Greenway Trail system.

The compromise seemingly put an end to weeks of arguments between Nirenberg and San Antonio’s transportation authority. But the agreement didn’t address alternative means of funding the EAPP and trail system, and the silence over the future of the two environmental programs left aquifer and trail advocates feeling abandoned.

Read more from Brendan Gibbons with The Rivard Report here.