A fantastic piece on apathy and the Castro regime:
Read the whole thing, including an alarming rundown of local government debt in Bexar County, here.
Low voter-turnout may be a primary reason why San Antonio residents have been subjected to the ills of liberal policy. Yet that same voter apathy can also provide an opportunity for conservatives to turn things around… if only they mobilize.
San Antonio is leading the pack of Texas’ largest cities at $9.4 billion of total debt outstanding.
Local government accountability is important everywhere, but San Antonio residents will especially feel the sting of negligence if they don’t do their due diligence to hold their local officials’ feet to the fire.
Bexar County and the City of San Antonio have been in the big bond business recently as well. Last year, the Castro Administration managed to pass through a $596 million dollar bond, purportedly for infrastructure improvements. The bond was purported by Castro and the San Antonio Express News to have passed “overwhelmingly” by 72 percent.
But only 6.7 percent of registered voters in Bexar County actually cast a vote on that particular referendum. When you consider who would turn out to vote for such a thing – and why – it becomes increasingly apparent that the sleeping majority’s taxes are being increased at the behest of an attentive minority.
The same is true for city council – officials making decisions that affect the entirety of San Antonio residents are elected by a mere 7.6 percent of the entire electorate.
Only 29,449 people actually voted for Mayor Castro this year in May, and only 46,417 – 7.61 percent of the total 610,456 registered voters – voted in the entire city-council election. That 7.6 percent of people making decisions affect every San Antonio citizen – electing people who have far more influence over the day-to-day lives of the local citizenry than any state or federal lawmaker.
On the bright side, this same problem of low voter-turnout makes the efforts of engaged citizens seeking to change the status quo that much more powerful.