A lawsuit alleges that the firefighters union illegally funded efforts to gather petition signatures to place charter amendments on the November ballot.
TCRP maintains that the Charter language in no way states that the petitioners cannot know signature verification results in advance of City Council certification.
The business-versus-calendar day question comes from ambiguity in the City Charter.
San Antonio City Clerk Leticia Vacek is expected to verify next Thursday that there are at least 20,000 valid signatures for each of the three petitions the fire union submitted one month ago.
Members of the fire union, its president, and a petition consultant delivered 15 boxes filled with “more than 100,000” signatures to the City Clerk Wednesday.
The Rivard Report spoke to bond analysts for the three major ratings agencies – Moody’s Investor Service, Fitch Ratings, and Standard and Poor’s – asking how the union’s petition to change the city’s charter could affect the bond ratings.
Members and allies of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association are circulating three petitions in hopes of changing the city charter.
There are a number of issues this Council faces as soon as its members return – The fiscal year 2018 budget discussions, for example, begin in August.
Changes to the City’s Ethics Review Board, moving municipal elections, and staggering Council terms are among the topics the commission will investigate.
When voters go the polls on May 9 to elect a mayor and City Council, they also will decide whether to pay the people they elect a working salary.