AG opposes funding for San Antonio streetcar plan

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 11 at 3:02 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Transit officials and the Texas Attorney General's Office are squaring off on whether state sales tax revenue can be spent on streetcar projects in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Express News reports (http://bit.ly/1afNdwn) that VIA Metropolitan Transit wants to use some of the revenue to finance bonds to build two downtown transit centers.

The centers would be used by buses and streetcars. Officials say that's what voters wanted when they approved the tax under express rules that it not be used for light-rail.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican now running for governor, said in a brief Friday that building the centers meant spending money on a "rail-related project." He argued that defies voters' wishes.

On Monday, a Travis County judge will be asked to rule on the matter.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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