AUSTIN, TX – Earlier this week, the San Antonio Police Officers Association voiced serious concerns about city of San Antonio’s aggressive annexation plan, calling it “a horrible idea” because police officers can barely handle current service demands and that adding new area to patrol would stretch already-taxed resources even further.
“San Antonio’s plan to annex as many as 200,000 Texans—whether they like it or not—is not only a serious violation of private property rights, but could also end up putting people in harm’s way,” said James Quintero, director of the Center for Local Governance. “Adding large chunks of land and people to San Antonio requires a lot more public safety resources. But as police department representatives recently expressed, those resources are nowhere to be found.
“Public policy should be about securing life, liberty, and property. But as more details emerge about San Antonio’s annexation efforts, it’s clear that this latest land grab is about none of the above.”
For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Quintero, please contact Caroline Espinosa at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.
James Quintero is Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.