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Contact the City at contact@shavanopark.org or 210.493.3478
You can also Text the words BOND or STREETS to 210.853.2003 to ask any question or submit comments.

Key Information


City Council Contact
Mayor Bob Werner - Email

Mayor Pro Tem Maggi Kautz - Email
Alderman Albert Aleman - Email
Alderman Konrad Kuykendall - Email
Alderman Pete Miller - Email
Alderman Lee Powers - Email

May 7, 2022 Street Projects Bond Election Information

220225 - Street Bond Logo
The May 7, 2022 Bond Election is passed by the registered voters of Shavano Park. Official elections results are below:
Official Canvass of the Bond Election Results
Official Canvass of the General/Special Elections Results

May 7th, 2022 City of Shavano Park, Texas Election Information
A General Election in the City of Shavano Park, Texas for the purpose of electing three Alderman and to reauthorize the street maintenance sales tax at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. Two important issues to the community are on the ballot this May election - both have to the do with Shavano Park's streets.
The Street Project Bond language is available here: https://cms1files.revize.com/shavanoparknew//Ballot.pdf

The Street Maintenance Sales Tax ensures that .25% of the City's Sales Taxes are dedicated to Street Maintenance and not used for payroll or operations.

All Elections information can be found at https://www.shavanopark.org/departments/elections_elecciones.php

Residents - you can now watch the both Street Projects Bond Election Town Halls on youtube and our Street Flyover Video:


If you missed these events there are no more planned Town Halls. 

The current state of Shavano Park's Streets

220308 - Street Deterioration Collage JPEGThe City's biggest cost challenge over the next 20 - 30 years will be road maintenance.  Shavano Park, like all cities, is responsible to maintain public roads. The average road lifespan is 20 - 30 years,  and with good maintenance 40 - 50 years. Most of the streets the City is responsible for were built before 1980 and are deteriorating. The City is responsible to maintain 20 miles of public streets and has $1.3M dollars saved. The total cost to maintain and repair these streets is in the millions and well above City savings.

The City faces a near term problem to repair the streets nearing failure. The City also faces a long-term problem of
 phasing the street repairs so that we have an affordable and feasible solution. By not addressing the near-term problem, the cumulative long-term problem will become a larger and more expensive project. The  City developed a phased-in approach to street repair to be implemented over the next 20 years to be able to afford the work with a minimum effect on the budget and property tax rate:
         

220310 - Street Maintenance Phases Map v2
City will prioritize street repair on the worst areas, while simultaneously implementing a maintenance program for areas not being repaired. Once those problem areas are completed, the next worst streets can be planned and repaired. This is likely a 15–30-year effort. See map for all 3 planned phases.

Shavano Park must complete the street repair on the priority areas prior to being able to start in other areas.

The streets in Phase 1 below are nearing failure and require repair. There is an opportunity for federal funding for De Zavala improvements (Phase IA) that requires engineer planning to be competitive.

PHASE 1 - Includes 3 components: (1) complete street reconstruction of Bent Oak, Chimney Rock, Cliffside, End Gate, Fawn, Saddletree, Shavano, Wagon Trail, Windmill, (2) Repaving of Post Oak Way entrance (from Lockhill-Selma), and (3) complete street reconstruction of the cul-de-sacs of Elm Spring, Honey Bee, Hunters Branch, Turkey Creek

220308 - Shavano Drive 3 Year Failure
PHASE 1A 
- The re-paving of De Zavala Road with addition of a bike lane, sidewalks and drainage improvements. This is broken out because only a portion of the bond money is intended to be used. This project will be competed for federal funding.

This Bond Election is for complete reconstruction of the identified residential roads and cul-de-sacs - 12 inches of new road base and asphalt surface. No rough chip surfaces like in 2004, no band-aid asphalt only repairs. Band-aid repairs are not long-term solutions as these roads built in the 1950 - 1970s do not have solid base to put asphalt on. Shavano Drive was re-surfaced in 2019 and already is showing signs of failure and significant asphalt stress due to lack of sufficient road base.

Watch the video to see the completely reconstructed Arrow Mound cul-de-sac completed last year. Arrow Mound’s road reconstruction standards is the proposed road solution in this Bond Election.




Bond Election Summary - Phase 1
On February 18, 2022 City Council voted to call a Bond Election for $10M for street repair for all streets in Phase 1 and 1A outlined above. Here is a summary of facts for the Bond Election:
  • This Bond Election is for $10M in funding for (1) complete street reconstruction of Bent Oak, Chimney Rock, Cliffside, End Gate, Fawn, Saddletree, Shavano, Wagon Trail, Windmill, (2) Repaving of Post Oak Way entrance (from Lockhill-Selma), (3) complete street reconstruction of the cul-de-sacs of Elm Spring, Honey Bee, Hunters Branch, Hunters Branch South, Turkey Creek, (4) De Zavala repaving, sidewalks, bike lanes and drainage improvements.
  • Street assessments identified 4 Phases of Street Projects - and prioritized the streets in worst condition according to Pavement Condition Index for this Phase 1 & Phase 1A Bond Election. 
  • A $10M bond would require an additional annual debt payment. That could equate to an increase of about 1 cent in property tax rate towards debt.
  • If there was a $0.01 Tax rate increase to pay debt - All homeowners over 65 have zero tax increase (42% are tax frozen). A homeowner under 65 with an average home value $775,000 may see a $78 tax increase (annual).
  • Street Sales Tax can be used to assist in funding the debt payment.
  • The City projects that commercial properties pay 25% of any debt tax.
  • The last debt to pay for street reconstruction in the City was in 2004 - 18 years ago. In last decade, the City has only spent $425,265 on streets (less than $50,000 a year).220307 - Ribbon Curb Comparison JPEG
  • This project will NOT leave rough road surfaces like in 2004. Streets will be completely reconstructed with 12 full inches of new road material and ribbon curb. No sidewalks or bikelanes, right-of-way acquisition or road width expansion.
  • Since 2010 the City Property tax rate has fallen from 0.324800 to 0.287742. This is almost half of San Antonio rate of 0.55827.
  • A penny tax increase may enable City to fund future road projects.
  • Any tax increase would not be used to pay for other service or employee expense - it would ONLY pay debt to improve streets!
  • Interest rates currently remain at historic lows.  However, on a $10 million bond issuance, the City estimates that a 0.25% change (increase or decrease) in the interest rate results in a $330,000 change (increase or decrease) in total financings costs.

Future Street Planning - Beyond Phase 1

Phase 2  - Old Shavano Park West neighborhood
The streets in this area were built in the 1970s and are in decent condition largely because of their curbs  and newer age than Old Shavano Park East. The worst deteriorated areas of Shavano Creek and Old Shavano Park West neighborhoods is proposed to be repaired in the $10M Bond Election. In fact the City already repaired Arrow Mound cul-de-sac in fall 2021 because of its severe deterioration.  Cul-de-sacs in Old Shavano Park West are in the worse shape than the roads because of the regular turning of larger vehicles like trash and delivery trucks as they turn around in a cul-de-sac. The cul-de-sacs of Turkey Creek, Honey Bee, Elm Spring, Hunters Branch and Hunters Branch South are all included in the Bond Election for Phase 1.

Phase 3
- Shavano Creek and Shavano Estates
These streets were built in the late 1970s - 1980s and are in good to decent condition. These streets also all have curbs that help extend life of the road. The Lockhill-Selma entrance of Post Oak Way in Shavano Creek is included in the Bond because it has significant road cracking due to much heavier traffic flow. Post Oak Way's southern entrance is the main entrance to the subdivision from Lockhill-Selma. The residentials roads further in the subdivision see less traffic and are therefore in better condition. The City anticipates with regular maintenance such as seal coating and crack sealing these roads can endure for many more years.  Due to these roads better pavement conditions these neighborhoods are put in Phase 3.

Phase 4 -  Lockhill-Selma and Pond Hill
These two major thorough ways were constructed in the early to mid 2000s and are still in excellent condition. The City anticipates with regular maintenance such as seal coating and crack sealing these roads can endure for many more years. These will be significant and quite costly road projects in the future as they must be built to sustain heavy traffic and heavy vehicles like semi-trailer trucks. This is why they are placed in Phase 4.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Question not answered? Call the City at 210.493.3478 or email contact@shavanopark.org.

Why is this now such an immediate issue requiring all this money? 

If you already knew this was a problem then why did you build the Playscape and spend all the money on the Municipal Tract, walking trail etc. 

Will all residents pay an equal share to pay off the debt? Would rather (the City) borrow the money and let EACH homeowner pay their share (including those over 65).

This seems to have all happened so fast, why haven’t we heard about the bond election until recently?